Some remarks on the grand tour of the young Tarłos (1663) Cover Image

Kilka uwag o zagranicznej podróży edukacyjnej młodych Tarłów (1663)
Some remarks on the grand tour of the young Tarłos (1663)

Author(s): Anna Markiewicz
Subject(s): Political history, Social history, 17th Century
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: educational journey; grand tour; autograph book; Florence

Summary/Abstract: In the second half of the 17th century, the educational journey, the grand tour, constituted the last stage of education of the European elites. To travel abroad was also important for young noblemen and aristocrats from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the grand tour became an established part of the educational canon of the period. It was also considered the key to a future career and successful participation in court and public life. Autograph books (alba amicorum) are a valuable source for discovering and reconstructing the course of an educational journey. The rich collection of the British Library in London holds an extremely interesting autograph book of a nobleman, probably of German origin, residing in Florence in the 1660s (Add MS 4976). Among over eighty entries, the album includes 3 names of Polish contributors, namely young Adam, Karol and Aleksander Tarło. The album is a valuable source that provides important details of the journey undertaken by the young Polish noblemen and insights into the contacts and routes of their grand tour.

  • Issue Year: 144/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 481-497
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish