Part of diary probably kept by John Ashburnham

UK - Lewes - East Sussex Record Office
ASH 3994
Early modern period
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John, afterwards 1st Baron Ashburnham, aged 17 on a 'Grand Tour' through France and Switzerland. Only the section covering France has survived, dating from 23 Jun 1672 - 19 Apr 1674 (ASH 3994).  John was interested in the history of Normandy and his account mentions its foundation by “the Norwegians” and the legend of William the Conqueror’s conception and birth at Falaise, which he also visited.


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