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The nobility was the estate of warriors, "those who fight". This tradition hadn't vanished at that time yet. These grand touring nobles knew how to fight, had companions who knew how to fight, and they were escorted by bodyguards who REALLY knew how to fight. The grand tours were regarded as part of the military education of French young nobles around the ...


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Not a lot of information on the dangers of the Grand Tour. I did find this: A Tourist would not carry much money due to the risk of highway robbers so letters of credit from their London banks were presented at the major cities of the Grand Tour. Many Tourists spent a great deal of money abroad and due to these expenditures outside of England, ...


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The Christian (Nestorian) prelate Rabban Sauma, a native of Khan Baliq (modern Beijing), travelled to Italy and France in 1287-8 as a personal ambassador of the Great Khan Arghun to the Pope. His account of his travels is included in the biography of his pupil, the Patriarch Mar Yahbalaha. There is an English translation of the book in “The monks of Kublai ...


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There is during the Han Dynasty a record of Gan Ying's travel to Europe. This is recorded in the Hou Han Shu. In the ninth year 97 CE, Ban Chao sent his Subordinate Gan Ying, who probed as far as the Western Sea, which is either the Persian Gulf or the Black Sea and then returned. Former generations never reached these regions. The Shanjing gives ...



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