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The Origins of the Grand Tour

Door Michael G. Brennan

The Origins of the Grand Tour
CategorieOntdekkingsreizen & Expedities
Boeknummer#239294
TitelThe Origins of the Grand Tour. The Travels of Robert Montagu, Lord Mandeville (1649-1663), William Hammond (1655-1658), Banaster Maynard (1660-1663)
AuteurBrennan, Michael G. (edited by)
BoektypeGebonden hardcover met stofomslag
UitgeverijLondon, The Hakluyt Society
Jaar van uitgave2004
ISBN100904180859
ISBN139780904180855
TaalEngels
BeschrijvingHakluyt Society. Series III - Volume 14. Cloth with dust jacket.
Samenvatting Focusing upon three previously unpublished accounts of youthful English travellers in Western Europe (in contrast to the renowned but maturely retrospective memoirs of other seventeenth-century figures such as John Evelyn), this study reassesses the early origins of the cultural phenomenon known as the 'Grand Tour'. Usually denoted primarily as a post-Restoration and eighteenth-century activity, the basis of the long term English fascination with the 'Grand Tour' was firmly rooted in the mid-Tudor and early-Stuart periods. Such travels were usually prompted by one of three reasons: the practical needs of diplomacy, the aesthetic allure of cultural tourism, and the expediencies of political or religious exile. The outbreak of the English Civil War during the late-1640s acted as a powerful stimulus to this kind of travel for male members of both royalist and parliamentarian families, as a means of distancing them from the social upheavals back home as well as broadening their intellectual horizons. The extensive editorial introductions to this publication of the experiences of three young Englishmen also consider how their travel records have survived in a variety of literary forms, including personal diaries (Montagu), family letters (Hammond) and formal prose records (Maynard's travels were written up by his servant, Robert Moody), and how these texts should now be interpreted not in isolation but alongside the diverse collections of prints, engravings, curiosities, coins and antiquities assembled by such travellers.
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