By Robert W. Berger

A Royal ardour is the 1st in-depth examine of the solar King as a client of structure. Surveying such monuments because the Louvre, Versailles, the Invalides, and different structures which are heavily pointed out with Louis XIV, Robert W. Berger demonstrates why those constructions, gardens, city areas, and their have been so very important to him. Serving as useful must haves, items of aesthetic pride, and as political statements, his architectural companies jointly underscored his absolutist authority. in addition, by means of adopting the guise of 'builder-prince', Louis XIV reasserted his kinship with the Roman emperors, whose grandeur he sought either to emulate and to surpass.

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6 . The Enlightenment is outdated and inadequate as an outlook for coping with contemporary problems. The philosophes champi­ oned an instrumentalist view of reason, which led to ecological dis­ aster, and a masculine view of civic life, which relegated women to the private sphere. True, the Enlightenment was time-bound as well as culture­ bound. It took place in a world where some causes of the twenti­ eth century remained unthinkable. It therefore failed to think great T H E CA S E F O R T H E E N L I G H T E N M E N T : G EO R G E WAS H I N GTO N ' S FALSE T E ET H thoughts that later changed the boundaries of culture.

And began to think it over. The mullah had been awfully insistent about hellfire. Mme. de Lenertoula was awfully beauti­ ful . . So the king called her back. And then she promptly died. End of story. What is the moral of this tale? For Parisians, it meant that the king's sins would bring down the punishment of God, and everyone would suffer, as Bernard proclaimed during the discussion of Three Sisters, The the version of the story that he declaimed in the shop of the wigmaker Gaujoux. For historians, the story can be taken as a symptom of a rupture in the moral ties that bound the king to his people.

The common element in all three was the attempt to force the social order to conform to an ideological blueprint. True, in making his case for the Terror, Robespierre drew on Montesquieu and Rousseau. Like many other Jacobins, he tried to redesign France in accordance with political theory. But he also smashed the bust of Helvetius in the Jacobin Club and railed against the Encyclopedists, reserving his praise for the one philosophe, Rousseau, who made a break with the Enlightenment and opened the way to Romanticism.

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