GREAT BRITAIN - Stuarts
Rococo, Ribaldry & Fruits of
the New World
The Stuart dynasty ruled over a tempestuous time which started with the creation of Great Britain. Beginning with James I and ending with Queen Anne, the Stuart period saw years of civil war, assassination attempts, usurpations, national disaster and revolution. Despite the upheaval, the time of the Stuarts was one of global expansion and discovery. During the 16th and 17th centuries the Dutch East India Company held a virtual monopoly on British trade with Africa, India and the Americas. Their ships brought endless riches from these lands, including novel foodstuffs to enrich English cuisine, like sugar, potatoes, pineapples, nutmeg and coffee.
Be swept off to the world of the Stuarts, brought to life by our expert tour managers and guides. Walk through the grand halls of Jacobean design at houses such as Knole Park, Hatfield House, Audley End or Blickling Hall. Learn how crops from the new world were cultivated in our fields and exotic fruit grown in the glass houses of the rich.. Visit a brewery to taste one of the most important drinks of Stuart life and make sure you visit a vineyard to sample sparkling wine, a luxury introduced to Britain by the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II. Feast on delicious gourmet food in true Stuart style at top restaurants.
I always admired virtue - but could never imitate it.