Announcement | John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project

Announcement | John Toland (1670-1722) Centenaries Web Project

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John Toland (1670-1722)

– Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker –

John Toland (1670-1722)

A new website dedicated to the life and work of the philosopher, John Toland (b. 1670), was launched last Sunday, 11 March (the anniversary of his death in 1722).

John Toland was an Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker of the early Enlightenment period. He made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences. “If you would know more of him, search his writings,” he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared following his death.

The purpose of of this web-based project is to serve as a free, online resource and repository of knowledge pertaining to Toland, his writings, the times in which he lived and to the social movement that he, along with others, spearheaded and represented, with particular reference to the enduring legacy and effect.

There is a lot that has been said about John Toland and probably a lot more that could be said. This web-based project will serve the purpose of ensuring that nothing that should be said will go unsaid. This is also why we are making the material posted to this website freely available and open to anyone who may wish to contribute. Furthermore, we invite those who may wish to contribute to get in touch with us.

from the website of the John Toland centenaries web project

The unveiling of the website on the anniversary of Toland’s death is not coincidental. In fact, the date has been deliberately chosen, with an eye to the impending 350th anniversary of Toland’s birth, which will be observed on 30 November 2020 and the 300th anniversary of his death that follows less than two years later, in 2022.

John Toland commemoration in his birthplace of Ardagh on the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal

We particularly encourage anyone who has an interest in these anniversaries to get in touch with us, to ensure that they are properly observed and accorded the respect that they are due. We will do our best (without fear or favour) to publicise events that are taking place, using networks and channels of communication within our reach.

John Toland (1670-1722) website is owned and managed by The Manuscript Publisher, an Irish-based publishing services provider who have published, or otherwise made available, several works by or relating to John Toland, including J.N. Duggan’s short biography and critical appraisal, Ireland’s Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar … and Heretic (2010).

This, however, is presented simply as a ‘by-the-way’ and not intended as an advertisement or an endorsement. Furthermore, we welcome correspondence from all authors, publishers, educationalists, historical societies, groups and individuals who might see some aspect of their own interest or remit reflected in this initiative.

People interested in this web project are invited to keep in touch. If you would know more, visit the website. You can also follow on Facebook and on Twitter.

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An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover by John Toland (1670-1722)

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An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland by John Toland (1670-1722)

General Editor: J.N. Duggan

Even after more than 300 years, John Toland's Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover remains highly readable and continues to be cited by historians of the period. It gives us an engaging and accessible picture of life in those German courts, and of the people who inhabited them at the turn of the 17th to 18th Century.

Toland travelled to Hanover in 1701, with Lord Macclesfield's delegation, to deliver the Act of Succession to the Electress Sophia. The Act named Sophia and her Protestant descendants as heirs to the British throne, should Queen Anne die without leaving a successor.

Toland was well received by Sophia, who also introduced him to the court philosopher, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. The following year, he visited the court of Berlin, where he was received by the Electress’s daughter, the Queen in Prussia, Sophia Charlotte. His impressions and observations of those visits are recorded in this Account and faithfully preserved in this new edition.

This new edition includes a Foreword, editor's notes, list of Members of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover in 1705, a Chronology of Toland, his life and times.

An Account of the Courts of Prussia and Hanover; sent to a Minister of State in Holland by John Toland (1670-1722)
Non-fiction, European history, Germany, 18th century, travelogue
98 printed pages with black & white facsimile illustrations, paperback
First published in London, England in 1705. This edition published in Ireland, in 2013, by The Manuscript Publisher.
ISBN: 978-0-9576729-1-8

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