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In Clare Howard's English Travellers of the Renaissance, readers are presented with a captivating and insightful exploration of the experiences and adventures of English travellers during the Renaissance period. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Howard takes us on a fascinating journey through time, providing a comprehensive account of the motivations, challenges, and discoveries of these intrepid explorers.

One notable aspect of this book is the author's ability to bring these historical figures to life. Howard goes beyond mere descriptions and dates, delving into the personalities, ambitions, and questioning the anxieties of each traveller. This personalized approach allows readers to form a deep connection with the subjects, enabling us to understand their motivations and choices on a more intimate level.

Furthermore, the author's presentation of the broader context of the Renaissance period adds depth and richness to the narrative. Howard establishes a clear understanding of the socio-political climate, intellectual advancements, and cultural transformations that shaped the world these travellers navigated. This contextual framework not only helps readers situate these explorers within their historical context but also helps us appreciate the significance of their contributions.

The breadth of Howard's research is impressive and commendable. Drawing on a wide range of both primary and secondary sources, the author analyzes various aspects of the travellers' journeys, including the routes taken, encounters with local cultures, and the impact of their discoveries on England and the wider world. This well-rounded investigation ensures that readers get a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and interconnectedness of these travellers' experiences.

Perhaps the highlight of this book lies in Howard's engaging writing style. The author's prose is clear, eloquent, and accessible, making complex historical concepts and events digestible to readers of all backgrounds. Whether you are well-versed in Renaissance history or a novice to the subject, Howard's writing will undoubtedly captivate your attention and keep you hooked from cover to cover.

If there is one minor criticism, it is that the book could have provided more detailed maps and illustrations to supplement the text. While Howard's descriptions are vivid, visual aids would have enhanced the readers' understanding and made the journeys more tangible.

In conclusion, English Travellers of the Renaissance is an enlightening and enthralling read that sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of the Renaissance period. Clare Howard's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and the contextual framework she provides, significantly contribute to bringing these English travellers and their adventures to life. This engaging book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, providing a fresh perspective on the remarkable journeys that shaped the world.

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This essay was written in 1908 1910 while I was studying at Oxford as Fellow of the Society of American Women in London. Material on the subject of travel in any century is apparently inexhaustible, and one could write many books on the subject without duplicating sources. The following aims no further than to describe one phase of Renaissance travel in clear and sharp outline, with sufficient illustration to embellish but not to clog the main ideas.

In the preparation of this book I incurred many debts of gratitude. I would thank the staff of the Bodleian, especially Mr W.H.B. Somerset, for their kindness during the two years I was working in the library of Oxford University; and Dr Perlbach, Abteilungsdirektor of the K├Ânigliche Bibliothek at Berlin, who forwarded to me some helpful information concerning the early German books of instructions for travellers; and Professor Clark S. Northup, of Cornell University, for similar aid. To Mr George Whale I am indebted for the use of his transcript of Sloane MS. 1813, and to my friend Miss M.E. Marshall, of the Board of Trade, for the generous gift of her leisure hours in reading for me in the British Museum after the sea had divided me from that treasure house of information... Continue reading book >>

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