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The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations since the Renaissance Hardcover – June 30, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0714645773 ISBN-10: 071464577X

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071464577X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714645773
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,869,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a brilliant, original and refreshing account, teeming with new and fascinating material." - J. B. Trapp, Professor Emeritus, History of the Classical Tradition, University of London 

"Original and scholarly essays on a fascinating subject ... a remarkable book." - Lord Dacre of Glanton (Hugh Trevor-Roper)

"...I fell for its its irresistible enthusiasm. Chaney has a profound scholarly knowledge of Anglo-Italian historical relationships, but he is also a writer full of surprise and discursive curiosity ... a most beguiling delight." - Jan Morris' "Book of the Year" in the Independent

"Edward Chaney's fascinating book illuminates the magnetic attractions of Italy ... a work of meticulous scholarship about the origin and evolution of the Grand Tour." - John Mortimer, The Sunday Times

"[written with] verve and precision and tremendous authority ... this book, richly illustrated and handsomely produced, will become an indespensable work for cultural historians, Italophiles and all latter-day Grand Tourists." - Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

"this collection of 14 brilliant essays provides us with much new material and many new insights." - David Watkin, Country Life

"Chaney is a scholarly and learned writer and he sheds light on a wide range of topics ... A wealth of humane learning ... characterises this attractive volume." - Sir Keith Thomas, Apollo: International Magazine of the Arts

"This is a bran-tub of Anglo-Italian delights, sustained by seriousness and enthusiasm in equal measure." - Jonathan Keates, Literary Review

"To those who know, even in part, their sources in the continuing unravelling of the Grand Tour, this book is an indispensable, a quite golden, addition...Professor Chaney holds us all in his debt in this collection of occasional essays touching on subjects and conections that, quite simply, have not occurred to others less erudite than himself ...  the style is of a plein air ease such that one might be listening to a soliloquy in the gardens of Villa Lante ... taken as a whole it could not be bettered." - Patrick Reyntiens, The Tablet

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Chaney is perhaps the pre-eminent scholar of the cultural influences and relationships between England and Italy in the Early Modern period. This book is more a series of studies than a coherent survey, but is based on expert research not available in other works. Chaney explores the role politics, students, travelers and exiles played in the development of the Grand Tour of Europe, one of 18th-century England's most prominent educational institutions. Though a background in Renaissance England and Italy would be helpful, it is rewarding reading for anyone interested in tourist travel, the Grand Tour, the modern Anglo-American love of Italy, and even the semester abroad, all of which are outgrowths of the developments that Chaney explores.
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