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They Went to Portugal (Travel Library)

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Published 1946 by Penguin
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Filjan
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Using letters, diaries and their books the author gives us the stories and reactions of English people who have lived in Portugal from late medieval times to the nineteenth century.
Unfortunately she chose to do this by grouping the subjects by profession (clergy, writers, soldiers etc) or by topic (the 1756 earthquake, Port wine) so there is no continuous sequence of events. This leads to much repetition and overlap.
Having said that I do at the end know more about Portuguese history than when I
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Tariq Mahmood
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: europe, history
The English fascination and love for Portugal seems to run deep. But the book for me is written for the English traveller to Portugal. There is little reference of Portuguese history on offer which made reading this book a very tedious project.
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Emilie Rose Macaulay, whom Elizabeth Bowen called "one of the few writers of whom it may be said, she adorns our century," was born at Rugby, where her father was an assistant master. Descended on both sides from a long line of clerical ancestors, she felt Anglicanism was in her blood. Much of her childhood was spent in Varazze, near Genoa, and memories of Italy fill the early novels. The family r ...more