Voltaire and the Quakers

Thursday 14 November - Thursday 28 November

The live Zoom sessions are at 19:00-20:30 (UK time) on Thursdays 14 November and 28 November.

Voltaire and the Quakers

This short online course will explore Voltaire’s references to Quakers in letters he wrote based on his experiences living in Great Britain between 1726 and 1729.

Voltaire came to England for two years. The first four letters in his Letters concerning the English Nation are about Quakers. Easy to read and funny, they praise some aspects of Quakerism and ridicule others.

We will look at how Voltaire praises Quakers as a way of implicitly criticising Catholicism. The letters are an amusing starting point for examining aspects of Quaker history.

There will be some material to look at before the first session. We will email you around one week prior to the course with information about accessing the course, including this material, on our online learning platform (Moodle).

This course will involve:

DiscussionOnline discussion forumOnline Learning MaterialsSpeakerZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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