How Voltaire Helped Spread the Legend of Europe’s Most Famous Prisoner, The Man in the Iron Mask

It has been suggested that Voltaire‚Äôs interest in the legend of the Man in the Iron Mask had been stimulated as early as 1714, when he began attending the salon of Louis-Urbain Lefebvre de Caumartin. He first conceived the idea of writing a history of the age of Louis XIV in 1732, although he anticipated … Continue reading How Voltaire Helped Spread the Legend of Europe’s Most Famous Prisoner, The Man in the Iron Mask