After the Lost Franklin Expedition (Hardback)
Lady Franklin and John Rae
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The fate of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1847 is an enigma that has tantalised generations of historians, archaeologists and adventurers. The expedition was lost without a trace and all 129 men died in what is arguably the worst disaster in Britain's history of polar exploration.
In the aftermath of the crew's disappearance, Lady Jane Franklin, Sir John's widow, maintained a crusade to secure her husband's reputation, imperiled alongside him and his crew in the frozen wastes of the Artic. Lady Franklin was an uncommon woman for her age, a socially and politically astute figure who ravaged anyone who she viewed as a threat to her husband's legacy.
Meanwhile John Rae, an explorer and employee of the Hudson Bay Company, recovered deeply disturbing information from the Expedition. His shocking conclusions embroiled him in a bitter dispute with Lady Franklin which led to the ruin of his reputation and career. Against the background of Victorian society and the rise of the explorer celebrity, we learn of Lady Franklin’s formidable grit to honour her husband’s legacy; of John Rae being discredited and his eventual ruin, despite later being proven right. It is a fascinating assessment of the aftermath of the Franklin Expedition and its legacy.
After the Lost Franklin Expedition immerses the reader in high Victorian melodrama with keen and incisive characterisation and a touch of satire. It is highly recommended to all us former colonials.Australian Naval Institute
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A beautiful book on a story that is always fascinating and that even today, in 2019, reveals new aspects to us.Old Barbed Wire Blog
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Listed in 'Media Mash' featureAdventure Travel, September 2019
Lady Jane apparently left nearly 200 journals and over 2,000 letters when she died in 1875, and no doubt Baxter has used these to inform his narrative.Nautilus Telegraph
It is a wonder that no one has thought to make a film about this incredible true story. Peter Baxter's book is a treasure trove of information about the Franklin expedition and Franklin's widow's attempts to set the record straight. Fantastic.Books Monthly