Item description for The Sky Above, the Kingdom Below: Travelling in the Footsteps of Thomas Coryate (Armchair Traveller) by Daniel Allen...
The wellspring of The Sky Above, the Kingdom Below is the remarkable 17th-century Thomas Coryate, unofficial jester to the royal court, associate of John Donne, Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones and a Jacobean Grumpy Old Man. Long forgotten by history at large, he is now regaining welldeserved public recognition as an eccentric wit, an idiosyncratic writer and, above all, a pioneering traveller. Coryate was the first European traveller in the modern sense of the word, travelling not for commerce, warfare or pilgrimagewhy else would a man leave home?But for the thrill of it, drawn ever further by the lure of the unknown. He traveled through Europe in 1608, effectively inventing the Grand Tour (in the process introducing the fork to England), and wrote a wellreceived memoir, always a pleasing adjunct to the act of travelling.
But in 1612 he ventured beyond mainland Europehe dared to go East. In the last great adventure of his life, Coryate travelled from Damascus to Surat, in India, taking in the Holy Land, Ottoman Turkey, Persia and Afghanistan: a journey of some 4,000 miles, nearly all of it, astonishingly, on foot. Now, for the first time, Coryates mammoth eastern odysseythe sights, sounds and smells, the perils and pleasures of peregrinationis brought back to life by a 21st-century kindred spirit. Daniel Allen has set himself the challenge of recreating his journey, though on two wheels.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.46" Width: 4.96" Height: 1.26" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Haus Publishing
ISBN 1905791305 ISBN13 9781905791309
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More About Daniel Allen
Daniel Allen has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and has worked on three continents, living in Sydney and in Hong Kong for several years. This is his first book.