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Workshop “Napoleon and a Woman at Brock” - January 22 at Brock University

January 06, 2015 | By francecanadaculture Toronto
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On June 24th 1791, Napoleon Bonaparte wrote to Guillaume-Thomas Raynal, priest by trade, famous philosopher, and author of the History of the Two Indies. A copy of this letter is archived in Paris; another copy was recently deposited by an anonymous donor at the Brock University Library in the Niagara Region.

At the beginning of the commemorations of four hundred years of French presence in Canada, the Archives of the University invites us to discover historical documents in French kept in Special Collections, including sixteen free-mason works from the eighteenth century.

On January 22nd 2015, the workshop will give us the opportunity to present and discuss two letters, Napoleon’s to Raynal and, in a different context, a message by a woman who, in 1825, wrote to Claude Antoine Thory, librarian at the free-masonry archives in Paris.

The workshop will be conducted by David Sharron, Director Special Collections; Catherine Parayre, Director French Studies; Nigel Lezama and Renée-Claude Breitenstein, both in French Studies, and in cooperation with Philippe Nieto, National Archives, Paris and Marianne Charrier-Vozel, Université de Rennes 1.

Thursday 22 January 2015 – Workshop “Napoleon and a Woman at Brock” (no cost) - 12:00/13:00 (Special Collections and Archives, James A. Gibson Library, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1. Tel: 905-688-5550 ext. 4335, www.brocku.ca )