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Diary of Baron Waldstein: A Traveller in Elizabethan England [Hardcover]

Baron Waldstein , G.W. Groos
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  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; First Edition edition (28 Sep 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500012547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500012543
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A tourist's guide to Elizabethan England 24 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Baron Zdenek Brtnicky z Valdstejna (called "Waldstein" in English, thank goodness) was a 19-year-old Bohemian nobleman when he visited England in 1600. He had kept a diary in Latin since his university days, and this book is a translation of the six weeks he spent in England, the sights he saw and the people he met. He arrived at Dover from France on June 26, and departed on August 6, and in between he saw all the big tourist sights: palaces royal and noble, the Tower of London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, several stately country homes, Windsor Castle, etc. He takes in a play on the south bank, but frustratingly doesn't tell us what play it was (or if it was by that new Shakespeare fellow). He even visits the Queen.

The translator's annotations make a parallel text, equally delightful, translating the Latin inscriptions Waldstein has copied down, pointing out where he's lifted straight from the guidebook (William Camden's "Britannia," pub. 1586), quoting from other tourists' diaries of the time, tracking down the places and objects Waldstein recorded, and learning fun bits of trivia from modern curators/archivists/librarians. Apparently practical jokes that soaked unsuspecting victims with water--trick sundials and the like--were quite the fad: Waldstein mentions at least two, and Groos quotes other diarists about more. Those wacky Elizabethans.

It's a wonderful read: he is such a tourist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of Baron Waldstein: A Traveller in Elizabethian England 19 Feb 2013
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Very interetsing reportage from the end of 16th century, especially for garden historicians but not only, he wrote about universities in Cambridge nad Oxford, too.
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