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Œuvres complètes de Voltaire
Histoire de Charles XII
Volume: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire 4
Series editor: Nicholas Cronk
Author: Voltaire

Volume editor(s): Gunnar von Proschwitz

Pagination: xviii + 701 pp., hb (relié)

Price: £115 / €136 / $153

  ISBN-13: 978-0-7294-0507-2

Description: L'Histoire de Charles XII is Voltaire’s first major history, and relates the story of a warrior king, who was to Voltaire the embodiment of the 'hero', admirable for his strength in battle but at the same time tyrannical to the people he had no respect for - a king who stood in sharp contrast to the 'benevolent tyrant' Peter the Great, who had founded an empire of the Enlightenment. Voltaire’s view of Charles became massively influential through the eighteenth century.