Jules Michelet (2943 words)

Jennifer Rushworth (University College London)
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Jules Michelet (1798–1874) was a French historical writer whose life spanned much of the nineteenth century. His works have an even broader range, most notably multi-volume histories of France from the early Middle Ages up to the nineteenth century. As a historian, Michelet is renowned for his prose style and as a prophet of the modern French nation. He had strongly republican views, and sought a wide and democratic readership in his varied writings. For much of his life he was active as a teacher and an archivist in prestigious Parisian institutions. Later in life, when political events forced him into exile, he also became interested in natural history.

Michelet was born in Paris on 21 August 1798 to Jean Furcy Michelet, …

Citation: Rushworth, Jennifer. "Jules Michelet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 August 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3104, accessed 27 October 2020.]

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