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Jane Austen and the Navy Paperback – January 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0948065651 ISBN-10: 0948065656 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: National Maritime Museum; 2nd edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948065656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948065651
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two of Jane Austen’s brother served in Nelson’s navy and later became admirals. Francis Austen, on board the Canopus, narrowly missed the battle of Trafalgar; Charles Austen in Endymion captured numerous small prizes. It is not surprising that that the Austen family, including Jane, took a deep personal interest in naval affairs. Apart from the church, the navy was the profession which she knew and admired most. Her novels reflected this: Mansfield Park includes a portrait of life in Portsmouth, the estimable midshipman William Price and the less attractive Admiral Crawford; Persuasion presents her most extended account of naval officers and attitudes, from the redoubtable Admiral Croft to Captain Wentworth himself. Jane Austen and the Navy demonstrates clearly the importance of the navy both in Jane Austen’s life and her novels.

"She was convinced of sailors having more worth and warmth than any other set of men in England; that they only knew how to live, and they only deserved to be respected and loved!"--Jane Austen, Persuasion
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John F. Pepple on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is well worth reading, but only if you're immersed in Austen lore. I never would have guessed that someone (Francis Austen) who ended up as the top admiral in the British Navy would have experienced so much disappointment in his career. Also, Jane Austen's father's letter to his sons when they entered the navy is very valuable and the advice in it could be used by lots of people.
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By R. Baker-Schmidt on August 27, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Densely informative view of the Royal Navy Circa 1790s-1880s. Not a page turner but interesting none the less.
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By Barbara on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent read.
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