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Jack Aubrey Commands: An Historical Companion to the Naval World of Patrick O’Brian
Brian Lavery (au); Peter Weir (fr)
Relates the naval fiction of Patrick O’Brian & C.S. Forester to the real world inhabited by famous Royal Navy heroes such as Lord Nelson, Sir Sidney Smith & Thomas Cochrane. Draws on the experiences & activities of men such as Frederick Marryat, the founder of naval fiction, the Austen brothers whose sister Jane created an intimate picture of shore life in the period, & Nelson’s chaplain, Alexander Scott, who also served as a part-time spy. All these individuals & others provided inspiration for Patrick O’Brian’s character of Jack Aubrey. The historical facts behind the great works of naval fiction are fully explored while the text fully presents key episodes & characters as well as the minutiae of naval life in the era of Nelson as it is in these sea stories. Illus.
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