The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history

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Vintage Books, 1985 - History - 298 pages
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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's 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 18th 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 Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."

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Fascinating book on French cultural history. Methodological approach comes under some flak for two major issues, which the author acknowledges in the conclusions. First is the pedigree of the sources ... Read full review

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Well, that was incredibly dense! But really interesting! It was difficult to plow through some of it, but I felt that I learned lots about the terrible living conditions of peasants and workers ... Read full review

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About the author (1985)

Robert Darnton is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University. His many books include The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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