The next Besterman Enlightenment Workshop of the term will be held on Monday, 23 January 2017 (Second Week), at 5 p.m., at the Voltaire Foundation (99 Banbury Road). Vittoria Feola (Università degli Studi di Padova/MEHRC) will be speaking about ‘Prince Eugene of Savoy and the Radical Enlightenment: A Reappraisal’. The abstract for the talk is as follows:
‘Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) has been associated to the “radical Enlightenment” through his supposed patronage of John Toland. Instead, from his escape from Versailles to the glories of Blenheim, from the prospects of a career in the Catholic church to Jansenist positions, Eugene will surprise us with his penchant for Newtonian science and belated taste for books. His insistence on philological accuracy set him apart from the likes of Voltaire or Toland, thus showing Eugene’s own princely ways of partaking of the early Enlightenment.’
Tea and coffee will be served.
The full programme of seminars for this term can be found on the TORCH Enlightenment Programme/Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment website: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/enlightenment.