Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781912702220 Published December 2020 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781912702213 Published March 2021 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies

Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour

Sarah Goldsmith

Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour

Sarah Goldsmith

Distributed for University of London Press

200 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781912702220 Published December 2020 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781912702213 Published March 2021 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies

The Grand Tour, a customary trip through Europe undertaken by British nobility and wealthy landed gentry during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, played an important role in the formation of contemporary notions of elite masculinity. Through an examination of testimonies written by Grand Tourists, tutors, and their families, Sarah Goldsmith argues that the Grand Tour educated young men in a wide variety of skills, virtues, and vices that extended well beyond polite society.

Goldsmith demonstrates that the Grand Tour was a means of constructing Britain’s next generation of leaders. Influenced by aristocratic concepts of honor and inspired by military-style leadership, elite society viewed experiences of danger and hardship as powerfully transformative and therefore as central to constructing masculinity. Scaling mountains, volcanoes, and glaciers, and even encountering war and disease, Grand Tourists willingly tackled a variety of perils. Through her study of these dangers, Goldsmith offers a bold revision of eighteenth-century elite masculine culture and the critical role the Grand Tour played within it.

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