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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th August 1966 Born today: Rosey Edeh, London England, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96)

16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London

16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)

16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)

16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London

16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)

Voltaire lived and wrote here



Voltaire lived and wrote here

One of France's greatest writers and poets Voltaire lived here.

Location: 10 Maiden Lane, Westminster, London

Description: Francois Marie Arouet, better known as his pen name Voltaire, was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris. His bright wit and style made him one of France's greatest writers and philosophers. After living in exile in London after upsetting Parisian courtesans, he went on to dominate the world of literature and theatre, conquering the London stage both as a playwright and a critic during his stay in England.

Voltaire also lodged nearby at Maiden Laneís The White Peruke or White Wig, in exile from Paris in 1727-1728. The French barbershop, among a string of hairdressers situated at no. 21, that will have evoked his Parisian heritage.

Voltaireís English experience shaped his contribution to the Enlightenment, and his 1734 Lettres Philosophiques recount his impressions of humane English society in contrast to absolutist France. A progressive Gentlemenís club met nearby in the early 18th century, frequented by Voltaire, Hogarth, Fielding and Goldsmith.

A green plaque was unveiled here in Voltaires honour in 1994.

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Voltaire lived and wrote here

One of France's greatest writers and poets Voltaire lived here.


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