Born François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), Voltaire was a French philosopher during the French Enlightment era. He was an avocate for freedom of religion and expression, who adopted his nom de plume following his 11-month imprisonment at the Bastille, Paris in 1718.
A week ago today – 14 July 2015 – a national holiday took place all over France.
It was called Bastille Day.
This anniversary marks the Storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789.
Led by the revolutionaries of Paris, the angry pheasants stormed the medieval prison called Bastille in Paris to get out the people, who were unfairly imprisoned. This event prompted the French Revolution of 1789, and the eventual fall of the French Monarchy.
France, as we know it, was born. Continue reading Bastille Day and the Storming of Bastille