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Complete Gentlemen: Educational Travel and Family Strategy, 1650-1750

Richard Ansell


Complete Gentlemen is the first study to look beyond the Italian Grand Tour to the wider culture of educational travel that thrived among British and Irish landowners between 1650 and 1750. The ‘lure of Italy’ still distorts most scholarship, but this study uses a broader conception of educational travel and analyses it as part of family strategy. Different experiences emerged from the varying means, ambitions and obligations of families, who invested time, money and effort in the hope of social return. Historians usually pick up travellers as they arrive on the Continent and drop them as they ... More

Keywords: Travel, Education, Family, Social mobility, Elite formation, Identity, Englishness, Masculinity, Gentility, Grand Tour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780197267271
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197267271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Ansell, author
University of Leicester