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The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: History, European
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Summary

When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s 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 20 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 answers in this classic work of European history in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."
©2009 Robert Darnton (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • E. Skeivys
  • 28-06-19

superb research.

Superb research. thanks to author's dedication in taking effort to translate nthis so elegantly and find courage to unearth those Police Reports from Archives in France... I still laugh every time I read the 'la grisse' story about the master's cat and all the paintings they had of the mammals -- the laborers finally acquired their goal!

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  • Toni
  • 09-03-13

Couldn't take another minute, college lecture

In my humble opinion, this is basically a college lecture on how to research and interpret folk tales, and written/verbal materials produced or perpetuated over time by peasants or everyday people. I listened for over 2 hours and couldn't take another minute, this will be the first refund I've requested since becoming a member a few years back. If you're a historical scholar, you'll most likely love it.

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