A Frenchman’s Year in Suffolk
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272 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

38 b/w.

Series: Suffolk Records Society

Series Vol. Number: 30

Imprint: Boydell Press

A Frenchman's Year in Suffolk

French Impressions of Suffolk Life in 1784

by François de la Rochefoucauld

Edited by Norman Scarfe

Translated by Norman Scarfe

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When François de la Rochefoucauld and his brother Alexandre visited Suffolk in 1784, the events which were to lead to the French Revolution in 1789 were already in train. François' father, the duc...
When François de la Rochefoucauld and his brother Alexandre visited Suffolk in 1784, the events which were to lead to the French Revolution in 1789 were already in train. François' father, the duc de Liancourt, Grand Master of theWardrobe at Louis XVI's court, was well placed to appreciate the dangers of the situation in France, and it must have been with anxious hopefulness that he sent his sons (François was then 18) to England for a year to appreciatethe ordering of these things in a country which had experienced a revolution over a century earlier. Such reflections are never far below the surface of this otherwise cheerful journal of a year abroad, which gives a vivid pictureof English provincial life; François' observations range over such diverse subjects as English customs and manners and methods of agriculture and stockbreeding, and include a lively account of a general election.
Norman Scarfe, the well-known historian of Suffolk and beyond, provides a spirited translation of François' journal; it is complemented by numerous illustrations.
"A fascinating account of provincial life and manners." TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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July 2011

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Title Details

272 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

38 b/w.

Series: Suffolk Records Society

Series Vol. Number: 30

Imprint: Boydell Press