Voltaire, Le Siècle de Louis XIV [The Century of Louis XIV]

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*The article also includes a discussion of Voltaire’s Supplément au Siècle de Louis XIV (Supplement to the Century of Louis XIV)

Siècle de Louis XIV [Century of Louis XIV] (1751) was one of Voltaire’s most significant works of history. This one-volume work of social history was written after his novelistic Histoire de Charles XII [History of Charles XII] (1730), and before his magisterial universal history Essai sur les mœurs et l’esprit des nations [Essay on Morals and the Spirit of Nations] (1756). The Siècle aspires to switch core focus away from the battles waged by its titular monarch and instead to spotlight the progress achieved across a century that bears Louis XIV’s name. In his overview of Voltaire’s historical writing, Brumfitt suggests that the Siècle de Louis

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Citation: Pierse, Síofra. "Le Siècle de Louis XIV". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 May 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4057, accessed 15 June 2024.]

4057 Le Siècle de Louis XIV 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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