Queen Marie Antoinette’s Rejection of Voltaire

April 14, 2022

François-Marie Arouet d’Voltaire

But she could not pardon Voltaire for his attacks on the ancient faith of France; and if she did not go so far as to regard him as an extravagant, as her mother did, she felt little sympathy for him. When, in the spring of 1788, that philosopher made a visit to Paris which was but one long triumph, she refused to receive him at Versailles. Indifferent to what the public might say, or the chroniclers affirm, and despite the solicitation of the friends of Voltaire, she declared that she would have nothing to do with a man whose morality had occasioned so many troubles and inconveniences. This fact has been contested; it is positive to-day.

The Life of Marie Antoinette; Translated from the French By Maxime de La Rocheterie · 1893, Chapter XIV, Pg. 186

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