Traité sur la tolérance

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 56C

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: John Renwick

Publication Date: 2000

Pages: 393

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0744-1

Price: £105


In 1762, Voltaire was at the height of his career, his output manifold and unceasing despite being his close to 70 years of age. This was the period of Voltaire’s life in which his famous battle cry – Ecrasez l’Infâme! – was first used, as Voltaire’s attacks on the Christian establishment came to a head with the case of Jean Calas, executed for murder in Toulouse, whom Voltaire believed to be an innocent victim of anti-protestant prejudice.

This volume contains Voltaire’s monumental Traité sur la tolérance, a manifesto on religious fanaticism and superstition which calls for a new age of tolerance between religions following the injustice of Jean Calas’s death.

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Traité sur la tolérance (critical edition by John Renwick)



The present two volumes [56B & 56C], carefully designed to complement each other, maintain the high standard of informativeness and bibliographical exactitude of this great edition.

Modern Language Review, 97:2

Voltaireans will be pleased to know that a landmark text in the Œuvres complètes project has been handled with such admirable expertise and panache.

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 53:2

Renwick’s detailed notes to the French text are a superb resource in their own right and a delight to read. This critical edition of the Traité should prove indispensable for scholars of the period for many years to come.

Voltaire Foundation

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