James Fitzjames was a hero of the early nineteenth-century Royal Navy. A charismatic man with a wicked sense of humour, he pursued his naval career with wily determination. When he joined the Franklin Expedition at the age of 32 he thought he would make his name. But instead the expedition completely disappeared and he never returned. Its fate is one of history's last great unsolved mysteries, as were the origins and background of James Fitzjames -- until now.
Fitzjames packed a great deal into his thirty-two years. He had sailed an iron paddle steamer down the River Euphrates and fought with spectacular bravery in wars in Syria and China. But Fitzjames was not what he seemed. He concealed several secrets, including the scandal of his birth, the source of his influence and his plans for after the Franklin Expedition.
In this first complete biography of the captain of the HMS Erebus, William Battersby draws extensively on Fitzjames' personal letters and journals -- most never published before -- as well as official naval records, to strip away 200 years of misinformation and half-truths and enables us to understand for the first time this intriguing man and his significance for the Franklin Expedition.
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A lively man with a wicked sense of humour, James Fitzjames joined the Franklin Expedition at the age of 32. While he never returned, he left behind a legacy of misinformation, half-truths, and adventures that the author wades through to create a great portrait of this brave Royal Navy hero.About the Author:
William Battersby is a trained archaeologist and pilot who has analysed the Franklin Expedition and published important new research into it. He lives and works in London.
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Descripción History Press, 2010. Estado de conservación: New. Sir John Franklin's naval expedition set sail for the Arctic in 1845, only to disappear without trace. The greatest disaster in the history of polar exploration has been intensely investigated, but its third-in-command, James Fitzjames, remains an enigma. This first complete biography of the captain of HMS Erebus draws on unpublished letters and journals to reveal the scandal of his birth, his early exploits as an explorer, the source of his influence, and his plans for life after the expedition. Nº de ref. de la librería 298643
Descripción The History Press, 2010. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. hb, d/w, 224pp, plates. Nº de ref. de la librería 1609029
Descripción HISTORY PRESS, 2010. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk0752455125
Descripción The History Press, 2010. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0752455125