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The Discovery of Britain (Routledge Revivals)

The English Tourists 1540-1840, 1st Edition

By Esther Moir


196 pages

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First published in 1964, this book examines the Tour of Britain. It focuses, neither on foreign tourists coming to Britain, nor on British tourists travelling abroad, but on British people exploring their native land in the three centuries from 1540 to 1840. During this period, it became a popular pastime amongst gentlemen of leisure to travel for weeks, even months, in discovery of their own country and this book describes both the pleasure taken by tourists of Britain and the hardships they endured. Tracking these journeys over three centuries, the book presents a changing English landscape, a changing economy, and a change in people’s tastes as the interests and concerns of the tourists evolve over the timeframe covered.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. ARS PEREGRINANDI: The Art of Travel 2. A Looking Glass of Britain: The Tudor Topographers 3. Ecclesiology and Science: The Seventeenth-century Tourists 4. A Planned Garden: Celia Fiennes and Daniel Defoe 5. Romans and Goths: William Stukeley and the Antiquarians 6. Stately Homes: The Round of Country Houses 7. The Pursuit of a Terrestrial Paradise: The Round of Gardens 8. Horrid and Sublime: Mills, Mines and Furnaces 9. Landscape with Figures: Arthur Young and William Cobbett 10. The Pituresque and the Romantic: The Wye and North Wales 11. The Playground of England: The Lakes; Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TRAVEL / Europe / Great Britain