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Title: Jean-Francois de Villages : a cunous, eighteenth-century gentleman
Authors: Micallef, Patricia
Keywords: Villages Villevieille, Jean-François de, 1742-1791 -- Diaries
Knights of Malta -- Biography
Italy -- Description and travel -- History -- 18th century
Voyages and travels -- Biography -- 18th century
Order of St John -- Biography
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Malta. Junior College
Citation: Symposia Melitensia. 2011, Vol.7, p. 72-84
Abstract: Manuscript 480, conserved at the National Library of Malta, consists of a series of logbooks in French kept by the knight lean-Franrcois de Villages. In the five voyages undertaken, he progresses from a novice-knight to an experienced traveller at the service of the king of France. Particularly during his second and third voyages, Villages gives concise but captivating descriptions of the places of interest visited such as Naples and Florence, together with an artistic appreciation of paintings and artefacts that strike him most. This curious traveller who does not disdain adventure is particularly attracted by the theatre and museums, whose impressions he would like to pass on to posterity. Through his writings, Villages, a French gentleman par excellence, offers the contemporary reader a faithful glimpse of the eighteenth-century culture and mentality.
ISSN: 1812-7509
Appears in Collections:Scholarly Works - JCFre
SymMel, 2011, Volume 7
SymMel, 2011, Volume 7

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