Workshop on The Lure of the Bright Lights: The English Upper Classes and the City, 1600-1800

Mark Girouard

Mark Girouard

Wednesday, February 12, 1986
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

Directed by Mark Girouard

The popular stereotype of the English upper classes represents them as essentially living on their estates, as only temprary and often unwilling sojourners in the city. To what extent was this the case? In the morning session Dr. Girouard talked about the problem and the existing documentation; he then directed a discussion in the afternoon.

Dr. Girouard’s many works on English architecture, particularly in relation to the social history of England, include Robert Smythson and the Architecture of the Elizabethan Era (1986),Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History (1978),The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman (1981), and most recentlyCities and People(1985).

Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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