English Travelers Abroad, 1604-1667


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Their Influence on English Society and Politics, Revised Edition

John Stoye

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What were the experiences of English travelers who toured Western Europe in the seventeenth century? What influence did Continental travel have on English society and politics? This delightful book by John Stoye allows us to accompany the seventeenth-century British traveler on his journeys into France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. It is a travel book for historians and a piece of history for travellers.
Using a vast range of contemporary sources, Stoye describes the journeys of both famous figures and of more obscure travelers, relating common itineraries and the conditions of travel. He evokes the different types of travelers and their motives and interests—young men on the Grand Tour with their tutors in tow, diplomats, soldiers, religious refugees, and merchants. Stoye considers what the travellers brought home with them, from actual books and pictures to impressions of architecture and music to new ways of looking at the world. He traces through letters and diaries how travel affected the taste, education, and politics of the upper classes of society.
This book, first published in 1952, is widely considered a classic. This new edition makes it available in paperback for the first time, with a new preface and illustrations, a fully revised text, and updated notes and bibliography.

"It is a relief, and a delight, to turn to [this] (significantly but not fundamentally) revised edition of John Stoye’s classic work, first published in 1952, on English travellers in Western Europe in the seventeenth century. A reader would know it to be the work of a scholar, but might not guess it to be the work of an academic. Its undemonstrative virtues—the infectious spirit of inquiry and observation, the absorption in the texture of the past, the drawing-out of reflective generalisation from telling detail, the courtesy and artistry of the prose—were not always in fashion between the first edition and the new one. Yet the controversies which blew through seventeenth-century studies during that time, and blew themselves out, have left intact the findings of a book that might have been written yesterday."—Blair Worden, London Review of Books

"[A] scholarly yet generally absorbing study. . . . Stoye concentrates on what his tourists learned about arts and sciences, foreign habits and skills, and foreign political and social structures."—Washington Post
ISBN: 9780300041804
Publication Date: September 10, 1989
400 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
24 b/w illus.