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Different Journeys : Thomas Coryate, indefatigable pedestrian by Geoffrey Day

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Different Journeys : Thomas Coryate, indefatigable pedestrian by Geoffrey Day

2018
7:30pm Medical Society Rooms, Stonegate, York. YO1 8AW

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Ticket: £3.00

Thomas Coryate, indefatigable pedestrian

In May 1608 Tom Coryate gave up his rôle as unofficial court jester to the Prince of Wales and set off to tour Europe, a good deal of his journey being on foot. He visited 45 cities and on his return hung his shoes up in the parish church of Odcombe in Somerset where his father was the rector. These shoes hung there until the 1860s when they disappeared. He also published an account of his travels, which came with a host of preliminary verses by admiring (and occasionally sniping) friends and acquaintances, including Ben Jonson, Michael Drayton, John Donne, Inigo Jones, and Sir John Harington, the inventor of the flushing cistern for privies.


In October 1612 Coryate set off again, taking a boat to Constantinople, then walking eastwards. On that journey he walked over 3,300 miles.


This talk, by Geoffrey Day who has been involved with Shandy Hall since its official opening, will explore Coryate’s up-bringing and how it might have contributed to his wanderlust and will look at the details of his travels and the lasting contributions he made to the English language.

Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund