Maltese Social Studies Series No.18
The phenomenon of the European Grand Tour to Italy, Sicily and France has been extensively treatd, but its extension to Malta has never analysed at length. The term ‘Grand Tour’ is mainly used to describe the European giro in the eighteenth century but, to present a fuller picture, this book will include the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as the first decades of the nineteenth century. It will throw light on the role of Malta in the period of the Ancien Régime which in itself implies a certain homogeneity in European society and culture. As this was the period when the island was governed by the cosmopolitan Order of St John, many phenomena and developments of European culture also found their echoes in the microcosm of Malta. The travellers’ tales and descriptions reflect this development.