|About the Book|
The diary of a Victorian lady’s overland journey to Rome in 1857 with her two companions, the educated Hebrew Christian they called the ‘rabbi’ and his new and very rich wife Esther. Caroline must have been an amusing, if occasionally tiresome, companion. Even the ageing and world-weary Herschell seems to warm to her in the end and Esther takes it all for granted as she makes what must have been her rather belated Victorian version of the Grand Tour. Even the long-suffering maid, Jane, enjoys the trip during her few precious moments of leisure.Caroline is a joyful travelling companion whose English upper class arrogance is only surpassed by her French and Italian ignorance. But her confidence in all three languages is inspiring.