British and Irish Experiences and Impressions of Central by David Worthington

By David Worthington

when a lot contemporary scholarly paintings has sought to put early sleek British and Irish historical past inside a broader continental context, such a lot of this has involved in western or northern Europe. to be able to redress the stability, this new examine by way of David Worthington explores the connections linking writers and expatriates from the later Tudor and Stuart kingdoms with the 2 significant dynastic conglomerates east of the Rhine, the Austrian Habsburg lands and Poland-Lithuania. Drawing on various resources, together with journals, diaries, letters and shuttle debts, the publication not just indicates the excessive point of scholarly curiosity evidenced inside of modern English language works in regards to the zone, yet what number extra British and Irish humans ventured there than is usually known. in addition to the warriors, retailers and diplomats one may anticipate, we find extra unforeseen and vibrant characters, together with a polymath Irish ethical theologian in Vienna, an orphaned English poetess in Prague, a Welsh humanist in Cracow, and a Scottish doctor and botanist on the Vasa court docket in Warsaw. This exam of the various diversity of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English non secular, highbrow, political, army and advertisement contacts with principal Europe presents not just a extra balanced view of British and Irish historical past, but in addition maintains the method of reintegrating the histories of the eu areas. moreover, through extending the point of interest of study past broadly studied parts, in the direction of different extra illuminating, overseas elements, the e-book demanding situations students to examine those networks inside of much less parochial, and extra transnational settings.

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