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The first edition of Montaigne’s Essais was published in 1580, at only about a third of its eventual length. He had cobbled it together over the preceding decade. Its audience, argues Desan, was really just one man: King Henry III. Montaigne wished to be appointed an ambassador, and he thought his book would help.`

Robert Minto, ‘The Myth of the Apolitical Montaigne’

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