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Shakespeare's Europe revisited: the unpublished Itinerary of Fynes Moryson (1566-1630)

Kew, Graham David (1995)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This thesis consists of a transcript and edition of Fynes
Moryson's unpublished Itinerary c.1617 - 1625, with
introduction, text, annotations, bibliography and index.
Moryson was a gentleman traveller whose accounts of
journeys undertaken in the 1590s across much of Europe as
far as the Holy Land in the Ottoman Empire provide
contemporary evidence of secular and religious
institutions, ceremonies, customs, manners, and national
characteristics.
The first part of Moryson's Itinerary was published in
1617. Some of the second part was transcribed in 1903 by
Charles Hughes as Shakespeare's Europe, but this is the
first transcript and edition of the whole manuscript.
The work has involved investigation of the historical,
classical and geographical sources available to Moryson, of
Elizabethan secretary hand, and of travel writing as a form
of primitive anthropology. Moryson emerges as a subjective
observer full of the political and religious preconceptions
of the age, capable of acute insight but often unsystematic
and unscientific in the assembly and presentation of his
information.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Matheson, Thomas Pendleton
School/Faculty:Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
Department:Shakespeare Institute
Subjects:D901 Europe (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3124
This unpublished thesis/dissertation is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights of the author or third parties in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this thesis/dissertation must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
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