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Francis Mortoft: His Book Being His Travels Through France and Italy, 1658-1659





Journals G161 H2 Ser. 2 no. 57



London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society


After the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, travelling as a pilgrim went out of fashion, and the rise in humanist studies saw the focus turn to Italy. Touring the Continent in the 16th and 17th centuries developed as a way for sons of elite families and wealthy merchants to broaden their minds and facilitate their learning. It was also a way of removing them in times of trouble, like that of the violent Interregnum of the mid-17th century. Francis Mortoft was one such ‘Interregnum tourist’. Not much is known of the traveller, but he left behind ‘an honest and straightforward narrative of a typical Grand Tour’.


Edited by Malcolm Letts, “Francis Mortoft: His Book Being His Travels Through France and Italy, 1658-1659,” | OUR Heritage, accessed October 20, 2021,

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