While educational travel was extremely popular among early modern Englishmen, the practice attracted extensive public criticism. Rather than examining travel itself, this book explores the vivid public images of educational travellers, their development and popularity, and the fears and prejudices in English society that engendered them.
The first part of the book examines the medieval background of English travel abroad, the enthusiasm for educational travel among early modern Englishmen, and the progress of the public debate over the practice which essentially started with the publication of Ascham's
The Scholemaster in 1570.
The second part of the book examines each of the seven major images of the educational traveller: the Italianated traveller; the atheistical traveller, the Catholic traveller, the morally corrupt traveller, the culturally corrupt traveller, and the foolish and lying travellers.
Sara Warneke, Ph.D. (1991) in History, University of Adelaide, is lecturer in European History at La Trobe University, Bendigo.
"Eamon's study should command the attention of all scholars interested in the forces which contributed to the emergence of science and modern culture. This seminal study should also be a treasure house for graduate students who are considering dissertation topics; also, it will provide them with a model for historical scholarship."
William T. Walker,
Sixteenth Century Journal, 1995.
"...a comprehensive study..."
Rivista di Studi Italiani, 1997.
All those of graduate level and above interested in intellectual history, early modern English history, religious history, English literature and all those interested in the history of travel and the Grand Tour in Europe.