The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History
The Great Cat Massacre And Other Episodes in French Cultural History Author:Robert Darnton 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&qu... more »ot; 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."« less
What made 18th Century Parisians run about town hanging all the cats they could catch, why the wolf in that century's version of Little Red Ridinghood ate the girl at the end. Intro to the Age of Enlightenment.
Very enjoyable to hear how the French fairy tales were created and the stories behind them. Also, really liked the story behind the Great Cat Massacre. So interesting to read about life at different times.