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'Caveirac, Protestants and the presence of Voltairean discourse in late-eighteenth-century France'

Gargett, Graham (2008) 'Caveirac, Protestants and the presence of Voltairean discourse in late-eighteenth-century France'. In: Voltaire and the 1760s: Essays for John Renwick. (Eds: Cronk, NIcholas), Voltaire Foundation, Oxford, pp. 123-132. ISBN 978 0 7294 0949 0 [Book section]

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Abstract

This chapter analyses the use by Caveirac, a notorious reactionary who had defended the St. Bartholomewe Day's massacre and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, of language characteristic of the Enlightenment discourse of toleration. It also considers similar usage, including terms like 'droits humains', in official documents of the 1760s dealing with French Protestants, whose religion was still legally banned in France. I argue that this illustrates how, as in every era, a rising or dominant discourse imposes its own terms and vocabulary on even those who oppose its values and seek to react against it.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Voltaire, Caveirac, toleration, France, religion, Enlightenment. 1760s, dominant discourse
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Faculty of Arts
ID Code:27784
Deposited By: Prof Graham Gargett
Deposited On:05 Nov 2013 16:52
Last Modified:05 Nov 2013 16:52

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