Hearing of the delights of the Grand Tour from pioneering friends, increasing numbers of 18th-century English ladies set off to sample foreign lands. In this volume, Brian Dolan leads readers through the stories, thoughts and court gossip recorded in their journals, letters and diaries.
According to "The Art of Governing A Wife" (1747), women in Georgian England were supposed to "alay up and save, look to the house; talk to few and take of all within". However, some broke from these taboos and took up the previously male privilege of travelling to the Continent to develop mind, spirit and body. Hearing of the delights of the Grand Tour from pioneering friends, increasing numbers of English ladies set off to sample foreign lands and returned apparently "the best informed and most perfect creatures". For others the Grand Tour was an intellectual and romantic rite of passage, widening their knowledge of society, love and politics and inspiring a genre of literary fiction all of its own. Brian Dolan leads readers into the hearts and minds of the ladies through the stories, thoughts and court gossip recorded in their journals, letters and diaries. He offers an intimate portrait of the feisty 18th-century English women who travelled to the Continent in search of culture and excitement.
Why buy from World of Books
Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth
Brian Dolan is a young American historian who received his doctorate from Cambridge University in 1995. He has been a history lecturer in Sweden, London (at the Wellcome Institute) and is currently Wellcome Research Lecturer at the University of East Anglia.
Ladies of the Grand Tour by Brian Dolan
Used - Very Good
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.