By David Worthington

Whilst a lot contemporary scholarly paintings has sought to put early sleek British and Irish historical past inside a broader continental context, so much of this has interested by western or northern Europe. in an effort to redress the stability, this new examine by way of David Worthington explores the connections linking writers and expatriates from the later Tudor and Stuart kingdoms with the 2 significant dynastic conglomerates east of the Rhine, the Austrian Habsburg lands and Poland-Lithuania. Drawing on quite a few resources, together with journals, diaries, letters and go back and forth money owed, the booklet not just indicates the excessive point of scholarly curiosity evidenced inside of modern English language works in regards to the zone, yet what percentage extra British and Irish humans ventured there than is mostly acknowledged. in addition to the warriors, retailers and diplomats one may perhaps count on, we find extra unforeseen and vibrant characters, together with a polymath Irish ethical theologian in Vienna, an orphaned English poetess in Prague, a Welsh humanist in Cracow, and a Scottish healthcare professional and botanist on the Vasa court docket in Warsaw.

This exam of the varied diversity of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English spiritual, highbrow, political, army and advertisement contacts with primary Europe presents not just a extra balanced view of British and Irish background, but in addition keeps the method of reintegrating the histories of the ecu areas. in addition, through extending the point of interest of study past commonly studied components, in the direction of different extra illuminating, foreign features, the publication demanding situations students to examine those networks inside much less parochial, and extra transnational settings.

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