Tři pohledy na kavalírskou cestu Franze Julia hraběte Verduga v letech 1681-1683
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THREE VIEWPOINTS ON A GRAND TOUR TAKEN BY COUNT FRANZ JULIUS VERDUGO IN 1681-1683
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The essay comments on a grand tour (Landerreise) taken by the moderately wealthy Count Franz Julius Verdugo (1661-1712) in 1681-1683. The tour led him to the noble academy in Turin (six months), to Papal Rome (six months), the noble academy in French Angers (three months), Paris (three months) and the governor’s court in Brussels (about two months). Based on a research into almost 160 letters, the essay introduces not only an itinerary and basic information on Verdugo’s tour, but it also includes a detailed analysis of three partially varied viewpoints on the grand tour. It shows how differently his mother, the cavalier and his tutor perceived it. Although they all experienced the tour in a different way, they had a common goal – young Verdugo was required to “qualify himself”. He should have acquired abilities, knowledge and manners that would allow him to assert himself on a court and in the estate society of various countries in the Habsburg Monarchy after his return home. However, the journey to such a “qualification” was complicated and arose in a constant exchange of viewpoints among the three parties.
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