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

By John Cramsie

This publication recovers the come across with a 'multicultural' Britain through British visitors within the Tudor and Stuart sessions. 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 diversified cultures guided and proficient his trips. the following, John Cramsie deals unique views on Camden's multicultural Britain throughout the research of British travellersand their narratives. We meet characters corresponding to the Tudor tourist 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 known as domestic; list the marks they left within the panorama; and have a good time the noble histories and cultures they created. Dozens - finally countless numbers - of Britons shared a similar ardour to satisfy their island neighbours and relate their reports. The members studied during this ebook comprise real in addition to armchair travelers and those that blurred the limits among them. Their letters, diaries, journals, and histories variety from the epic,poignant, and topic of truth to the unique, preposterous, and hateful; the assets comprise genuine and resourceful narratives and people which mixed either components. guests painted Britain with, in Leland's phrases, local colors that have been wealthy, brilliant, and, in particular, complicated. Their outstanding trips are the tale of ways Britons over centuries met, interacted, and tried (or no longer) to appreciate each other. Written with an eye fixed to debates aboutimmigration and ethnicity in cutting-edge Britain, the booklet emphasizes the lengthy heritage of creating and remaking the island's cultural mosaic. The come upon with Britain's local colors has been a burden of historical past and chance formillennia, no longer easily for our personal occasions.

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Both men and women cut their hair short, close to the scalp, and men sported only moustaches for facial hair. Both took great care with their teeth, more so than in any country Gerald had visited, ‘constantly cleaning them with green hazel-shoots and then rubbing them with woollen cloths until they shone like ivory’. The Welsh were also ‘quicker-witted and more shrewd than any other Western people’. 36 A lively tongue made the Welsh the equal of the English. 38 Gerald’s interests extended to musical traditions and embraced exchanges among the Welsh, Scots, and Irish as a cultural community centred on the Irish â•…Gerald, Description, p.

75 Henry’s eclectic interests still turned periodically to exploration, discovery, and maritime empire. 77 The impulse for discovery and the encounter with humanity could be found throughout England and Scotland â•… John Guy, Tudor England (Oxford, 1988), pp. 104–7. â•… Anthony Pagden, Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France c. 1800 (New Haven, 1995), p. 82. 75 â•…Quinn, Discovery of America, pp. 144–7. 76 â•…Quinn, Discovery of America, pp. 184, 189. 77 â•…Quinn, Discovery of America, pp.

Cabot exploited the interest Bristol merchants had in Atlantic exploration, especially their determination to lay claim to new fishing grounds. Armed with broad-ranging patents from Henry VII, Cabot sailed from Bristol in 1498 on what he hoped would be the beginning of a permanent colonial enterprise in Newfoundland. He never returned, but Cabot’s voyages paved the way for the rise of the Bristol fishery and the formation of a Newfoundland trading company. Cabot’s son Sebastian undertook his own voyage to North America in 1508.

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