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As a civilized sixteenth-century French aristocrat, you could live in cultured seclusion in your chateau.
You try it; it's not for you.
Your mind's too full of stuff.
You write down all those buzzing ideas: sex, thumbs, cannibals …
You oppose colonialist brutality (before the British got going with their empire); decry judicial torture (when it was standard practice); argue that persecuted 'witches' are innocent victims (when most saw them as worshippers of Satan); negotiate with kings during bloody civil wars; somehow get elected as mayor of Bordeaux while travelling; defend yourself against forces of the Inquisition; become the father of 'world' music - and love your cat.
Your contemporaries think you are odd (but Shakespeare likes you; so does Derren Brown).
And, by recording - as no-one before - the details of your life in witty, clever essays, you showed us how to be the heroes of our own modern lives - and became the ancestor of every article or blog which moans about the school run, love gone wrong, or just life …
Come and visit Michel de Montaigne.
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London N1 2NA
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Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm