Innocent Espionage: The La Rochefoucauld Brothers' Tour of England in 1785

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Januar 1996



Looking at England in the early months of 1785, covering twenty or even thirty miles a day and making detailed and intelligent notes at night, the two La Rochefoucauld brothers, Francois and Alexandre, and their tutor, saw landscapes still visible today; but the world of momentous industrial invention and optimism that they envied, as patriots, is one we can now only envy them for knowing and admire them for recording. Norman Scarfe presents the three documentary sources of the book (all previously unpublished) in his own spirited translation, while the many illustrations bring the travellers' experiences vividly to life. His epilogue traces the divergent attitudes of the brothers at the onset of the Revolution and beyond: the elder loyally serving Louis XVI, the younger establishing his cotton-mill on English lines, then joining the entourage of Napoleon.


Part 1 Leaving Suffolk: Huntingdon; "The George" at Spaldwick; Wellingborough; Northampton; "The Talbot" at Welford; Leicester; visiting Mr Bakewell at Dishley. Part 2 Getting into their stride: Derby and Mr Swift's mill; Kedleston; Matlock Bath; Chesterfield; Sheffield - getting to see a plated-button factory and a steel works. Part 3 Adventuring underground at Castleton and Worsley, and seeing black cotton velvet made in Manchester: Castleton - into the depths of the caves they called "le cul du diable"; Disley; Manchester; Worsley - by boat in Bridgwater's underground canals to the coal face. Part 4 The view of Liverpool Mount pleasant and the docks: twist-glass making at Warrington; Northwich - underground again into the salt-mines; near Sandbach - a little inn, a friendly old farmer, and a recipe for Cheshire cheese; Etruria; Shrewsbury. Part 5 Coalbrookdale - the iron bridge: broseley - Mr Wilkinson's works. Part 6 The edge of the industrial Midlands - Birmingham, Coventry, and then Warwick: Birmingham; coventry; Warwick. Part 7 Shakespeare and Stratford-Oxfordshire - reading, and the bath road, "the most beautiful road I've seen": Chapel house, the Shakespears Head inn; Heythrop house; Blenheim; Oxford; Nuneham Courtney, the house and garden; reading; Hungerford; Marlborough; a druid temple unfinished. Part 8 Avebury in the snow-Bristol-Bath-Glastonbury, and through Devon in fine weather: "A well-preserved Druid temple"; Bristol; Goldney house, Clifton; Bath; a ploughing wager at the Old Down Inn, Emburrow; Glastonbury; farming at the foot of the Quantocks; Taunton; Sunday at Exeter. Part 9 Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe-homewards through Dorset: Plymouth; Axminster; Bridport; Dorchester; Blandford forum. Part 10 Salisbury, Stonehenge and Wilton - and back to London: Salisbury; Stonehenge; Wilton; Hook and the Whitewater Mill valley; Windsor castle. Part 11 Lazowski's views of London: streets, squares, "areas", street-lighting, an absence of police, highwaymen; Royal Society - society for the encouragement of the arts and agriculture; the arts - theatres and opera, the Pantheon, Ranelagh, music, poetry, engraving, the R A summer exhibition, the British museum; trade and politics - Westminster, parliament, Pitt versus Fox on the state of the revenue, a great London brewery, Chelsea Physic garden, Royal hospital, Chelsea. Part 12 The Dover road - a Chatham vantage-point - the character of Kent - a useless crypt - Dover Harbour: the Royal hospital, Greenwich; Chatham; Canterbury; Dover.


These texts (are) one of the most significant finds of recent years... They give splendid descriptions of the leading industrial processes in Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Liverpool; then they came back past the salt-mines at Northwich, the Potteries, the works at Ironbridge and finally the factories of Birmingham. The remainder is devoted to their more conventional sightseeing, as far as Bristol and Plymouth, before the travellers head through Dorchester and Salisbury for London. **Industrial historians will find here a remarkably fresh description of a whole range of industrial activity over a short but crucial period prior to the signing of the Anglo-French Commercial Treaty.*** Excellent contemporary illustrations accompany the text... This book is irresistible. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (John Rogister, 15/09/95)See also Med blurb for Nigel Nicolson, Spectator (16/09/95)
EAN: 9780851155968
ISBN: 0851155960
Untertitel: 'Modern History'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1996
Seitenanzahl: 290 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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