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Jennifer Mori

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082726

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082726.001.0001

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The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

(p.151) 7 The Grand Tour
The Culture of Diplomacy

Jennifer Mori

Manchester University Press

Tourists and the Grand Tour were an inescapable part of every diplomat's life, particularly for those posted to France, Italy and the United Provinces. The tour, a rite of passage for the scions of the nobility and gentry, required young men to travel in particular to France and Italy to acquire the social and culture polish that would make them complete gentlemen. The Grand Tour was supposed to be a transformative experience by which its participants were to shed the prejudices of youth and provincialism to become sophisticated men of the world. This chapter reveals many concerns about the tour: most notably the qualifications and reliability of bearleaders; the importance of keeping good company; and the moral pitfalls of travel abroad.

Keywords:   Grand Tour, diplomat's life, moral pitfalls, provincialism, bearleaders, France, Italy, United Provinces

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