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Jules Michelet (1798-1874) was a French historian and an internationally known scholar of theology and the occult.
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Works by Jules Michelet

Joan of Arc (1892) 122 copies
The People (1846) 61 copies
The Sea (1861) 44 copies
The Bird (1869) 28 copies
History of France (1977) 23 copies
Woman (1860) 19 copies
The Insect (1875) 15 copies
Love (1901) 12 copies
Renaissance et Réforme (1982) 10 copies
Des Jésuites (2017) 9 copies
Bible of Humanity (1900) 8 copies
La convention (1937) 8 copies
The Mountain (1777) 8 copies
A Agonia da Idade Média (1855) 5 copies
Tableau de la France (2011) 5 copies
Pages choisies 5 copies
Journal (2017) 4 copies
Philosophie de l'histoire (2016) 4 copies
Histoire de la Révolution française (Tome 2) (1939) — Author — 3 copies
A Feiticeira 2 copies
Episodes de la Révolution française (1959) — Author — 2 copies
Les P'tibouts sont polis (2001) 2 copies
Le procès des Templiers (1987) 2 copies
Rönesans (2022) 2 copies
Rimska zgodovina (2002) 2 copies
Modern History (1901) 2 copies
PAGES CHOISIES II (1947) 1 copy
Géricault 1 copy
Il ‰Rinascimento (2016) 1 copy
Lo studente 1 copy
Nos fils (1980) 1 copy
Géricault 1 copy
L'Etudiant 1 copy
Os Pássaros (2003) 1 copy
La Montagne (2020) 1 copy
1789 1 copy
On History (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

Pantagruel (1532) — Foreword, some editions — 436 copies
The Varieties of History: From Voltaire to the Present (1956) — Contributor — 330 copies
Michelet (1980) — Subject — 125 copies
The Modern Historiography Reader: Western Sources (2008) — Contributor — 36 copies
Bakoenin : een biografie in tijdsdocumenten (1977) — Contributor — 19 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Michelet, Jules
Legal name
Michelet, Jules
Date of death
Burial location
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris, France
Country (for map)
Paris, France
Place of death
Hyères, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Places of residence
Paris, France (birthplace)
Hyères, France
Lycée Charlemagne
author (natural history)
Michelet, Athénaïs-Marguerite Mialaret (wife)
Collège de France
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Short biography
Jules Michelet wrote both short and lengthy works, including the monumental 19-volume Histoire de France. He visualized himself as a champion of the people and wrote with great emotional power. His innovation was to try to write from the point of the nation as a whole, not just that of great persons or groups. He was extremely sympathetic to the French Revolution, and pictured the whole world watching it "conscious that France at her own risk and peril is acting for the entire human race." After his second marriage to Athénaïs Mialaret, he co-wrote with her a number of books on natural history, including L'Oiseau (1856), L'Insecte (1857), La Mer (1861), and La Montagne (1868).



One of a trilogy that includes The Sea and The Insect, which Michelet accomplished with his wife. The author writes alluringly about several species of birds, their habitat and their habits.

Later print, beautifully bound and illustrated from etchings by Hector Giacomelli. First printed in 1856.
lazysky | 1 other review | Apr 4, 2019 |
'The Sea' is another of M. Michelet's dreamy volumes,—half science, half fancy, with a blending in both of sensuous suggestion. M. Michelet takes the seas of the world in his hands, manipulates them, invokes their monsters, assembles all their finny droves, gossips with the sirens, sails among the Hyperborean waters with Behemoth, and is on intimate terms with Tennyson's little shell-king, who lives in a palace with doors of diamond, and wears a rainbow frill, for the admiration of the nations that dwell in his dim, sunken wildernesses. * * * * * He discourses upon marine terrors and beauties, and tells the reader, as a sublime Peter Parley might, that the salt of all the seas, if piled upon America, would spread over the continent a solid, cliff-edged mass, 4,500 feet high. There are chapters on Sands, Cliffs and Beaches; on Waves; on the anatomy of the Sea itself, which resembles "a gigantic animal arrested in the earliest stage of its organization;" on Tempests; on the sympathy between Air and Water; on the Fecundity of the Sea, which, were it not self-devouring, would putrefy, according to M. Michelet into one solid mass of herring; on Fish of every species, and especially on Pearls. The Queens of the East, he says, dislike the gleams of the diamond. They will allow nothing to touch their skins except pearls. A necklace and two bracelets of pearls constitute the perfection of ornament. The pearls silently say to the woman, "Love us! hush!" In the North, too, dainty Countesses love their pearls,—wearing them beneath their clothes by night and by day, concealing them, caressing them, only now and then exposing them. So do the Odalisques of Asia prize the soft linen vestment that just covers their limbs, never taking it off until worn out, which says little for Oriental baths.… (more)
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amzmchaichun | 1 other review | Jul 19, 2013 |
This is not the edition I read, which is the one by Trotter published in 1863, available for free via Google Books. I prefer that one partly because it seems to capture Michelet's passion and poetry.

For an expose of what can only be described as a 1000-year genocide of women, this book is incomparable in my experience.
2 vote
Venantius | 4 other reviews | Mar 5, 2010 |
As an English speaker, I was quite late in discovering how important Michelet is in the world of French culture. I have not read particularly very many of the English great historians. For example, I have only got to about page 14 of my edition of Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Nevertheless, as I was learning to read French more and more, I seized upon this book as an ideal way to both learn more French, and to get a continental perspective on an era that I crave more knowledge of.
That was about 25 or 20 years ago. I can not remember the exact date that I read this book, and the publication date of 1998 alarms me a bit, because I was sure that I read it before that, and I was sure that it was in the Bouquins edition. I guess I could find out more about whether 1998 is designated as other than a first edition by the publisher. But this all just highlights the fact that LibraryThing is a good way to keep archive records of dates of acquisition and of reading of various books. In fact, I do have a written record--in the form of a reading log-book--somewhere and I will look at it again and confirm if indeed this is the actual volume of Michelet that I read. How bad is that if I read a book that long by someone, and I could not even remember if it was the moyen age, or the revolution that I actually read. Oh well, this just means I must go back for curiosity now and see actually which volume it was.
Michelet has a style that makes history interesting to read. Later on I read some other authors or reviewers mentioning him in conjunction with Ranke, the German historian. Now there is another author I would like to read, to find out more about why Ranke is so famous in his national Pantheon.
Another view into the Middle Ages that I have enjoyed recently is that I read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and have just begun to read World Without End. Period of mystery yet of which we have a wide variety of sources to examine, if we are willing to work at it and seek them out.
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libraryhermit | Feb 28, 2010 |


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