Residence of Voltaire France

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Louis XV by Quentin de la Tour (1748) Louis XV
Born: February 15, 1710, Versailles, France
Died: mai 10, 1774, Versailles, France

Louis XV didn't like intellectuals and had a great dislike for Voltaire. The time period of 1744 to 1750, when France was at war, marks an unusual period where Voltaire gained favor at court.

Voltaire volunteered to obtain information on the military intentions of Frederick of Prussia, at a time when this information was valuable to France. The game of spy appealed to Voltaire. Though he was not successful in his goal, the attempt won him favor with the King.

Voltaire was asked to write a play, The Princesse of Navarre, that was part of a court spectacle to celebrate the marriage of the heir to the throne. The success of the court spectacle and Voltaire's attempts at diplomacy resulted in Louis appointing him Royal Historiographer and Gentleman of the Chamber in Ordinary. These appointments were followed by Voltaire's election to the French Academy, which had so long been denied to him.


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