L'Angleterre et la vie anglaise

Name of traveller

Alphonse Esquiros (1812-1876)

Reason for travel

  • political exile and living by his pen in Britain

Date of travel

undated, ca. 1850s

Il est difficile de trouver une région plus romantique : des lacs, des forêts, des chutes d’eau, des précipices, un horizon de montagnes qui ressemblent à un groupe de nuages pétrifiés. (Esquiros 17)


  • not written as travelogue, but is descriptive and literary
  • heavily reliant on scholarly sources such as Roderick Murchison (1792-1871) on geology
  • customs:
    • discussion of Wales alongside Scotland and Ireland in comparison with Brittany
    • Wales has remained separate from England in its customs, traditions and language
  • industry: slate
  • language: similarity between Welsh and Breton noted
  • terrain:
    • romantic, particular interest in mountains and geology
    • people and their dwellings merge into landscape
  • author of a guide book with broad sections on Wales: Itinéraire descriptif et historique de la Grande-Bretagne et de l'Irlande. Paris: Hachette, 1865. 182-205, 237-73. Print.
  • not to be confused with his article of the same name published in the Revue des Deux Mondes (1865)

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Esquiros, Alphonse. L'Angleterre et la vie anglaise. Paris: Hachette, 1859. 17-32. Print.