L'Europe pittoresque: pays du nord

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Jules Gourdault (1838-1912)

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La cime maîtresse de la contrée et de toute la presqu’île galloise est le Snowdon, en kymrique Pen-Eriri, ‘pic des Aigles’, qui dresse au sud-est de Caernarvon ses assises d’ardoises traversées de roches porphyriques. (Gourdault 173-74)


  • architecture: lauds beauty of ruined castles
  • art: contains a great number of highly detailed copperplate etchings by various artists that also appear in the travel account by Alfred Erny
  • customs: notes on superstitions and myths, music, triple harp, bardism, eisteddfodau
  • history:
    • notes on pre-modern Wales, reaching back to Roman settlements
    • draws parallels with Bretagne
  • industry: notes Welsh industry is world leading, but this is not the concern of the tourist 
  • language: notes it has been preserved from the past
  • literature: references to Arthurian cycle in Chrétien de Troyes (c. 114-c. 1190)
  • politics: Welsh idea of equality rooted in Arthurian past
  • recreation: touristic exploration of industrial centres in south Wales
  • terrain:
    • unclear whether, and if so when, he actually travelled to the places referenced in the text
    • stresses wilderness of Welsh landscapes and sense of solitude
    • notes effect of industrialisation: smoke, air pollution
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Gourdault, Jules. L'Europe pittoresque: pays du nord. Paris: Hachette, 1892. 164-78. Print.