A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
Britain in the early eighteenth century: an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.
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The chapel is not only fine within, but the workmanship without is extraordinary;
nothing so ancient is to be seen so very beautiful. The chapel of St Stephen's in
Westminster-Abby, called Henry Vllth's Chapel, and King's College Chapel at ...
But the bishops, since that time, have, I suppose, thought better of it, and make
shift with a very fine palace in the close and the residentiaries live in proportion to
it. The church I say is indeed a most beautiful building; the west prospect of it is ...
The castle is a fine building, beautiful both by situation and its decoration; it
stands on a solid rock of free-stone, from whose bowels it may be said to be built,
as likewise is the whole town; the terrace of the castle, like that of Windsor,
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This journal of a series of trips "circuits" around England in the 1720's is part travelogue, part witty examination of legends, fables, & "history, part economic catalog, and part survery of facts of England.
It's written by Daniel Defoe-writer, journalist, soldier, & spy. Although less well known than some of his other works, it's well written and worth the effort.
The book captures England on the cusp of dramatic change. England was emerging into peace and prosperity after decades of dynastic and religious wars. Defoe captures English life just at the beginning of industrialization.
While popular with social historians and economists for all the detail it provides about life in this period, Defoe's witty and direct prose make it an interesting read for anyone wanting to learn more about 18th Century England.
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