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The Great Cat Massacre

And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

By Robert Darnton
Narrated by Ken Kliban / 10 hours 4 minutes

The landmark history of France and French culture in the eighteenth-century, a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times?

Why in the eighteenth-century version of Little Red Riding Hood did the wolf eat the child at the end?

What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city?

These are some of the provocative questions the distinguished Harvard historian Robert Darnton answers The Great Cat Massacre, a kaleidoscopic view of European culture during in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment." A classic of European history, it is an essential starting point for understanding Enlightenment France.

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Author
Narrator Ken Kliban
ISBN 9781549189098
Length 10 hours 4 minutes
Language English
Publisher Hachette Audio
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Libro.fm rank #39,764 Overall
Genre rank #1,936 in Science

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