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The Leeds Library - Gems from the 1768 Collection
Tue, March 21, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM GMT
Mr. Bayle’s Dictionary – ‘the arsenal of the Enlightenment’ by Jim Morgan
Pierre Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique (1697 but the Library has a translation of 1734) appears to be a biographical dictionary but was, in reality, a manifesto for religious toleration and rationalism. It was banned in Catholic Europe and widely read elsewhere, hence Voltaire’s accolade ‘the arsenal of the Enlightenment’. It and two British biographical dictionaries in the Library’s early collection will be the subject of this talk.