About the Author
1798 – 1874
Jules Michelet was a French historian. He was born in Paris to a family with Huguenot traditions.
In his 1855 work, Histoire de France (History of France), Jules Michelet was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance (“Rebirth” in French), as a period in Europe’s cultural history that represented a drastic break from the Middle Ages (which he loathed), creating a modern understanding of humanity and its place in the world. His aphoristic style emphasized his anti-clerical republicanism.
The historian's first duties are sacrilege and the mocking of false gods. They are his indispensable instruments for establishing the truth.Jules Michelet