Robert Darnton – The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History

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”.

Author: Robert Darnton
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Duration: 10 hours 4 minutes
Released: 9 Jul 2010
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English

User Review:

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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.