Voltaire had endeavored to play the diplomat and to bring together Frederick the Great and the Duc d

Voltaire had endeavored to play the diplomat and to bring together Frederick the Great and the Duc d

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Unformatted text preview: Voltaire had endeavored to play the diplomat and to bring together Frederick the Great and the Duc de Richelieu in hope that peace could be secured; he failed. On October 11, 1557, he wrote to Mme. de Saxe-Gothe that 20,000 men had already died in a quarrel in which no one was interested. And he wrote many other letters on this subject. In one addressed to M. D'Alembert, he declared that those who get themselves killed in the service of kings are terrible fools. One remembers that, while serving with the Bulgars, Candide did his best to hide himself during the conflict. So, far from depicting him as a coward in this episode, Voltaire expected his readers to applaud the youth's behavior. As regards Candide, the source hunters have been indefatigable, citing earlier narratives that, in one way or another, have affinities with the philosophical and/or satirical tale. These include the way or another, have affinities with the philosophical and/or satirical tale....
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