The Origins of the Grand Tour / 1649-1663 / The Travels of Robert Montagu, Lord Mandeville, William Hammond and Banaster Maynard (Hakluyt Society, Thi

The Origins of the Grand Tour / 1649-1663 / The Travels of Robert Montagu, Lord Mandeville, William Hammond and Banaster Maynard (Hakluyt Society, Thi

By: Michael G. Brennan (editor)Hardback

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Focusing upon three previously unpublished accounts of youthful English travellers in Western Europe (in contrast to the renowned but maturely retrospective memoirs of other seventeenth-century figures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.

About Author

Dr Michael G. Brennan is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the School of English, University of Leeds, UK, and joint Honorary Secretary of the Hakluyt Society.


Contents: Introduction: Robert Montagu, William Hammond, and Banaster Maynard. Section One: English Travellers And The Origins of the Grand Tour: The mid-Tudor origins of the Grand Tour; Elizabethan educational travellers on the continent; The expansion of western European travel from 1603 until 1625; From education to exile: continental travel from 1625 until 1660; English Civil War travellers as diarists and collectors; The engravings of IsraA"l Silvestre and IsraA"l Henriet. Section Two: The Travels Of Robert Montagu, Lord Mandeville (May 1649-April 1654): The family and early life of Robert Montagu; The Montagus, Earls of Manchester; Robert Montagu's continental travels; The later life of Robert Montagu, 3rd Earl of Manchester; The other Montagus; The manuscript of Robert Montagu's travels; Edited text. Section Three: The Travels Of William Hammond (December 1655-May 1658): The family and early life of William Hammond; The Hammonds and the Stanleys; William Hammond's continental travels; William Hammond's later life and the other Hammonds; The manuscripts of William Hammond's letters; Edited text. Section Four: The Travels Of The Honourable Banaster Maynard (Spring 1660-April 1663): The family and early life of Banaster Maynard; Banaster Maynard's continental travels; The later life of Banaster Maynard, 3rd Lord Maynard; The other Maynards; The manuscript of Banaster Maynard's travels; Edited text. Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780904180855
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9780904180855
  • weight: 980
  • ISBN10: 0904180859

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