British communities in late eighteenth-century Italy

Wednesday 1 June 2011  18.00

Simon Macdonald (BSR Rome Scholar/University of Cambridge)

This paper discusses the diverse British presence in late eighteenth-century Italy. Scholarship on British relations with Italy for this period tends to focus on the Grand Tour, but this was not the only kind of British connection with Italy which can be identified. By considering a wider range of British groups present in contemporary Italian centres — from the Protestant merchant hub in Livorno to the expatriate Catholic institutions in Rome — this paper highlights the existence of more varied spheres of cultural and commercial exchange and intermixing. In doing so, this account seeks to provide a more complete picture of the changing face of British–Italian links at this juncture, and to indicate some of the historiographical implications which this raises.

History lecture