The Trafalgar Chronicle (Paperback)
New Series 3
The Trafalgar Chronicle, the yearbook of The 1805 Club, has established itself as a prime source of information and the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian navy, sometimes also loosely called Nelson's navy. This year's edition points its spotlight on women at sea and reveals many fascinating stories.
Women have for various reasons left a light footprint in the sands of history, and historians have unfairly overlooked women and their importance in the tide of events. To redress this oversight, this year the focus of The Trafalgar Chronicle in the long eighteenth century is on women and the sea. Even when the sources are available, women’s roles at sea and ashore have been either neglected or sensationalised. This edition of The Trafalgar Chronicle presents a set of objective, well-researched and authoritative articles by both well-known authors and some carefully refereed first-time writers.
Two dozen articles illuminate the theme. The enduring myth of Mary Ann Taylor, who disguised herself as a man to go to sea, is examined forensically; the story of Lady Bentinck, who dressed as a Royal Marine officer to visit North Africa is told for the first time in English; readers can find out about Cuba Cornwallis, the black nurse who saved the life of the young Horatio Nelson and of many others in the West Indies; and be startled at how life mirrored art in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and the love story of Captain Wentworth; admire the tenacity of Widow Martin and how she survived mutiny and rape in The Black Ship, HMS Hermione; and be surprised by many other stories of women and the sea in the age of sail, including a Swedish pirate queen.
Like earlier editions of The Trafalgar Chronicle, this journal is sumptuously illustrated with some seldom-seen pictures, and will appeal to naval and social historians whether they are academics, antiquarians or amateurs or simply the reader curious to learn about an important but often overlooked aspect of naval history.
Here at last, and very welcome, is a volume in this distinguished and imaginative series that is devoted to women and the Senior Service, mainly in the age of fighting sail. Not that women have not been studied elsewhere in the naval context before, ashore or afloat, but this collection brings so many of the constituent parts together—and opens new vistas. As such, it forms more than the sum of the parts. And as such, too, it will form a basis for much further thinking on the subject and will lead other writers to do more in this important aspect of naval affairs.The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, Vol. XXIX, Summer 2019 – reviewed by Barry Gough, Victoria, British Columbia.
The fact that it focuses on women makes this an important contribution to maritime history.Pirates and Privateers, Cindy Vallar
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The Trafalgar Chronicle has established itself as a prime source of information about the Georgian navy. This year’s edition spotlights women at sea and reveals many fascinating stories in another absorbing journal from the 1805 Club. A selection of well-chosen colour plates and black and white photographs, together with comprehensive notes on each of the contributor’s papers, enhance the value to the reader. An important contribution to scholarship of the period – and a damn good read!Julian Stockwin Blog
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The Trafalgar Chronicle is a prime source of information as well as the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian navy, sometimes also loosely referred to as ‘Nelson’s Navy’, though its scope reaches out to include all the sailing navies of the period. A central theme is the Trafalgar campaign and the epic battle of 21 October 1805 involving British, French and Spanish ships, and some 30,000 men of a score of nations. The next edition, new series No 4, will be themed on the people who knew Nelson, his friends and his contemporaries, as well as technical and scientific changes…By Peter Hore
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