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Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire was born on November 21 1694 He was not expected to live through childhood because he was always very sick His father was a lawyer and believed that if his son survived that he should study law He did survive and his father sent him to the Jesuit College of Louis-Le-Grande At the Jesuit College he excelled in his academics and was highly commended for his studies At this college he developed his ability to write that would forever affect his life httpwwwericjonescomfeaturescandidevoltairedefaultasp Voltaire started moving towards the aristocratic circles and writing This was unacceptable to his father fearing that his son was becoming more liberal and neglecting his law studies he forced him to move from Paris to Holland At Holland Voltaire fell in love with a Protestant woman but Voltaires father was against her religion and forced Voltaire to return home in 1713 httpwwwericjonescomfeaturescandidevoltairedefaultasp He was becoming known as a writer of satire and prose So in 1716 when two offensive works Puerto Regnanto and Jai vu appeared he was accused of being the author and was sentenced to prison for 11 months Voltaire completed his play Edipe while he was in prison and began to write LHernriade Around this time he took up the name of Voltaire httpwwwericjonescomfeaturescandidevoltairedefaultasp In 1726 Voltaire insulted a powerful young nobleman Chevalie De Rohan and challenged him to a duel Chevalier had Voltaire imprisoned for two weeks in the Bastille When he was released he was given two options of punishment continued imprisonment or exile He chose to be exiled to Enlgand httpwwwericjonescomfeaturescandidevoltairedefaultasp From 1726 to 1729 spent his time in England He found himself liking the new philosophies of John Locke and the ideas of the mathematician and scientist Sir Isaac Newton Voltaire studied Englands Constitutional Monarchy and its religious tolerances After he returned to Paris he wrote a book glorify English customs and institutions
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