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By David Worthington

Whilst a lot contemporary scholarly paintings has sought to put early smooth British and Irish heritage inside a broader continental context, so much of this has fascinated by western or northern Europe. so as to redress the stability, this new research through David Worthington explores the connections linking writers and expatriates from the later Tudor and Stuart kingdoms with the 2 significant dynastic conglomerates east of the Rhine, the Austrian Habsburg lands and Poland-Lithuania. Drawing on a number of resources, together with journals, diaries, letters and go back and forth money owed, the publication not just indicates the excessive point of scholarly curiosity evidenced inside of modern English language works concerning the sector, yet what number extra British and Irish humans ventured there than is mostly recognized. in addition to the warriors, retailers and diplomats one may well anticipate, we find extra unforeseen and vibrant characters, together with a polymath Irish ethical theologian in Vienna, an orphaned English poetess in Prague, a Welsh humanist in Cracow, and a Scottish health professional and botanist on the Vasa courtroom in Warsaw.

This exam of the various variety of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English spiritual, highbrow, political, army and advertisement contacts with relevant Europe offers not just a extra balanced view of British and Irish historical past, but additionally keeps the method of reintegrating the histories of the eu areas. moreover, via extending the point of interest of study past commonly studied parts, in the direction of different extra illuminating, foreign points, the e-book demanding situations students to examine those networks inside much less parochial, and extra transnational settings.

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