British Travellers and the Encounter with Britain, 1450-1700 by John Cramsie

By John Cramsie

This publication recovers the stumble upon with a 'multicultural' Britain via British visitors within the Tudor and Stuart classes. whilst William Camden, writing within the 16th century, got down to write the historical past of Britannia, he intentionally took to the roads to find it first-hand, and people different cultures guided and trained his trips. right here, John Cramsie deals unique views on Camden's multicultural Britain in the course of the research of British travellersand their narratives. We meet characters equivalent to the Tudor visitor John Leland, who meant to inform the peoples of britain and Wales approximately themselves; chronicle how they got here to settle the cities, villages, valleys, and mountaintops they referred to as domestic; list the marks they left within the panorama; and rejoice the noble histories and cultures they created. Dozens - ultimately hundreds and hundreds - of Britons shared an analogous ardour to satisfy their island neighbours and relate their stories. The contributors studied during this ebook contain real in addition to armchair travelers and people who blurred the bounds among them. Their letters, diaries, journals, and histories variety from the epic,poignant, and topic of truth to the unique, preposterous, and hateful; the resources comprise real and ingenious narratives and people which mixed either components. visitors painted Britain with, in Leland's phrases, local shades that have been wealthy, brilliant, and, notably, advanced. Their extraordinary trips are the tale of the way Britons over centuries met, interacted, and tried (or now not) to appreciate each other. Written with a watch to debates aboutimmigration and ethnicity in present day Britain, the ebook emphasizes the lengthy historical past of creating and remaking the island's cultural mosaic. The come upon with Britain's local colors has been a burden of heritage and chance formillennia, now not easily for our personal occasions.

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This became the Description of Wales. Where the first book recorded Gerald’s encounters with Wales and its mix of peoples – Welsh, English, Normans, Flemings – the Description stands as one of the finest ethnographies between Herodotus and the end of the seventeenth century. Gerald’s accounts stand out for their quality, but they are remarkable for another reason. Almost no travel narrative that describes encounters among the peoples of Britain in such depth, detail, or ethnographic precision can be found until the Tudor and Stuart period.

Davies and Geraint H. Jenkins (Cardiff, 2004), pp. 35–44. Christian K. Zacher, Curiosity and Pilgrimage: The Literature of Discovery in Fourteenth-Century England (Baltimore, 1976) examines the imaginative power of curiosity in literary travel, with some relevance to the interests of genuine travellers. 3 26 TRAVEL, DISCOVERY, AND ETHNOGRAPHY searching for evidence to support renewed claims of English suzerainty. 7 The Journey bears closer attention. Gerald reworked the Journey at least three times between 1191 and 1214.

Davies and Geraint H. Jenkins (Cardiff, 2004), pp. 35–44. Christian K. Zacher, Curiosity and Pilgrimage: The Literature of Discovery in Fourteenth-Century England (Baltimore, 1976) examines the imaginative power of curiosity in literary travel, with some relevance to the interests of genuine travellers. 3 26 TRAVEL, DISCOVERY, AND ETHNOGRAPHY searching for evidence to support renewed claims of English suzerainty. 7 The Journey bears closer attention. Gerald reworked the Journey at least three times between 1191 and 1214.

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