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Innocent Espionage. The La Rochefoucauld Brothers Tour of England in 1785.

Norman Scarfe

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ISBN 10: 0851155960 / ISBN 13: 9780851155968
Verlag: The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1995, 1995
Verkäufer Robin Summers (Aldeburgh, Vereinigtes Königreich)

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Titel: Innocent Espionage. The La Rochefoucauld ...

Verlag: The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1995

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition

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This book is irresistible. -- THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

The duc de Liancourt sent his sons Francois and Alexandre to England in 1784-5. Intimations of the impending French revolution were in the air, and the brothers responded to the excitement of England's own rather different industrial and agricultural revolution. Under the spell of the heady atmosphere of invention and discovery, the brothers travelled all over the country, seeing everything from dockyards and coalmines to the theatre (Mrs Siddons) and the House of Commons (Pitt vs. Fox). They recorded it all, and in Innocent Espionage NORMAN SCARFE translates their unpublished account, his knowledgeable historical and topographical commentary accompanied by sixty contemporary illustrations.

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Looking at England in the early months of 1785, covering twenty or even thirty miles a day and making detailed and intelligent notes at night, the two La Rochefoucauld brothers, Francois and Alexandre, and their tutor, saw landscapes still visible today; but the world of momentous industrial invention and optimism that they envied, as patriots, is one we can now only envy them for knowing and admire them for recording. Norman Scarfe presents the three documentary sources of the book (all previously unpublished) in his own spirited translation, while the many illustrations bring the travellers' experiences vividly to life. His epilogue traces the divergent attitudes of the brothers at the onset of the Revolution and beyond: the elder loyally serving Louis XVI, the younger establishing his cotton-mill on English lines, then joining the entourage of Napoleon.

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