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

Graham Gargett

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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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVoltaire and the 1760s: Essays for John Renwick
    EditorsNIcholas Cronk
    Place of PublicationOxford
    Pages123-132
    VolumeSVEC 2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Discourse
    Eighteenth-century France
    Massacre
    1760s
    Vocabulary
    Reactionary
    Religion
    Language
    Enlightenment
    Toleration
    Edict of Nantes
    France

    Keywords

    • Voltaire
    • Caveirac
    • toleration
    • France
    • religion
    • Enlightenment. 1760s
    • dominant discourse

    Cite this

    Gargett, G. (2008). 'Caveirac, Protestants and the presence of Voltairean discourse in late-eighteenth-century France'. In NI. Cronk (Ed.), Voltaire and the 1760s: Essays for John Renwick (Vol. SVEC 2, pp. 123-132). Oxford.
    Gargett, Graham. / 'Caveirac, Protestants and the presence of Voltairean discourse in late-eighteenth-century France'. Voltaire and the 1760s: Essays for John Renwick. editor / NIcholas Cronk. Vol. SVEC 2 Oxford, 2008. pp. 123-132
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    'Caveirac, Protestants and the presence of Voltairean discourse in late-eighteenth-century France'. / Gargett, Graham.

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