A Sea of Words

A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

Author: Dean King,John B. Hattendorf,J. Worth Estes

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805066159

Category: History

Page: 501

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Updated to include material from the complete Aubrey-Maturin series, this highly acclaimed lexicon and companion provides in-depth coverage of all the elements of O'Brian's rich and varied prose.
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The World of Patrick O'Brian

A Sea of Words, A Life Revealed, Harbors and High Seas, and Every Man Will Do His Duty

Author: Dean King

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504038975

Category: History

Page: 1725

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Four volumes of history and biography for fans of the Aubrey-Maturin novels, with lore on the Royal Navy and much more. What is a sandgrouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Adm. Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Capt. Jack Aubrey? More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O’Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey–Maturin novels, beginning with Master and Commander (1969), are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In the revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey’s world. In the revised edition of Harbors and High Seas, King details not just where Aubrey and Maturin went, but how they got there. Packed with maps and illustrations from the greatest age of sail, it is an incomparable reference for devotees of O’Brian’s novels and anyone who has dreamed of climbing aboard a warship, as well as a captivating portrait of life on the sea during a time when nothing stood between man and ocean but grit, daring, and a few creaking planks of wood. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the British navy was the mightiest instrument of war the world had ever known. The Royal Navy patrolled the seas from India to the Caribbean, connecting an empire with footholds in every corner of the earth. Such a massive navy required the service of more than 100,000 men—from officers to deckhands to surgeons. Their stories are collected in Every Man Will Do His Duty. The inspiration for the bestselling novels of Patrick O’Brian and C. S. Forester, these twenty-two memoirs and diaries, edited by Dean King, provide a true portrait of life aboard British warships during one of the most significant eras of world history. Patrick O’Brian was well into his seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey and ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O’Brian’s personal history from his beginnings as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey–Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O’Brian’s imagination. Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed is a penetrating and insightful examination of one of the modern world’s most acclaimed historical novelists.
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The Seaforth Bibliography

A Guide to More Than 4000 Works on British Naval History 55BC – 1815

Author: Eugene Rasor

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1848320027

Category: History

Page: 900

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This remarkable work is a comprehensive historiographical and bibliographical survey of the most important scholarly and printed materials about the naval and maritime history of England and Great Britain from the earliest times to 1815. More than 4,000 popular, standard and official histories, important articles in journals and periodicals, anthologies, conference, symposium and seminar papers, guides, documents and doctoral theses are covered so that the emphasis is the broadest possible. But the work is far, far more than a listing. The works are all evaluated, assessed and analysed and then integrated into an historical narrative that makes the book a hugely useful reference work for student, scholar, and enthusiast alike. It is divided into twenty-one chapters which cover resource centres, significant naval writers, pre-eminent and general histories, the chronological periods from Julius Caesar through the Vikings, Tudors and Stuarts to Nelson and Bligh, major naval personalities, warships, piracy, strategy and tactics, exploration, discovery and navigation, archaeology and even naval fiction. Quite simply, no-one with an interest and enthusiasm for naval history can afford to be without this book at their side.
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The Patrick Oäó»Brian Muster Book

Persons, Animals, Ships and Cannon in the Aubrey-Maturin Sea Novels

Author: Anthony Gary Brown

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786455669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 407

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Now in its second edition, this expanded work catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in the 21 books of Patrick O’Brian’s series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their “far-ranging web of wit and allusion,” teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical. From Master and Commander to 21: The Unfinished Voyage, this book distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for the casual reader and the most ardent fans. Each of the more than 5,000 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography.
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A Thousand Nothings

Author: Stephen Curry

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1326123653

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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"I will share my experiences of science — such as they are and as frankly as I can." With these words Professor Stephen Curry started writing about science on his blog in 2008. His aim was to demystify the business of being a scientist working in the UK in the 21st century but the journey turned out to be much more interesting than he had ever imagined. This book contains a personal collection of his most interesting and significant blog posts. It is probably too long.
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The Navy of Edward VI and Mary I

Author: C. S. Knighton,D. M. Loades

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409418480

Category: History

Page: 652

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The reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, and the early years of Elizabeth I were vital times for naval administration and witnessed the apprenticeship of many who would lead the service later during Elizabeth's reign. This volume includes the extant Treasurer's and Victualler's accounts, with entries from the State Papers which augment the calendar summaries previously published. Documents are also printed for the first time from a variety of archives in Britain and abroad.
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Patrick O'Brian

Critical Essays and a Bibliography

Author: A. E. Cunningham

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393036268

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 175

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"Originally published in Great Britain under the title Patrick O'Brian: Critical appreciations and a bibliography"--T.p. verso.
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Storm and Conquest

The Battle for the Indian Ocean, 1808-10

Author: Stephen Taylor

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571295681

Category: History

Page: 400

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The Indian Ocean, 1809. At stake: Britain's commercial lifeline to India and naval supremacy. In one fatal season, the natural order of maritime power since Trafalgar was destroyed. Storm and Conquest brings together the terrifying ordeal of men, women and children caught at sea in hurricanes, and those who survived to drive the French from the Eastern seas. All shared a need to prove themselves - to make a career, or a fortune, or a marriage - in places which could be at once magnificent and terrifying.
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David McCullough American Presidents E-Book Box Set

John Adams, Mornings on Horseback, Truman, The Course of Human Events

Author: David McCullough

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145165815X

Category: History

Page: 2384

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From “America’s most beloved biographer, David McCullough” (Time)—a collection of his bestselling biographies of American Presidents. This e-book box set features David McCullough’s award-winning biographies of American Presidents, including: · John Adams: The magisterial, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the independent, irascible Yankee patriot, one of our nation’s founders and most important figures, who became our second president. · Mornings on Horseback: The brilliant National Book Award-winning biography of young Theodore Roosevelt’s metamorphosis from sickly child to a vigorous, intense man poised to become a national hero and then president. · Truman: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Harry Truman, the complex and courageous man who rose from modest origins to make momentous decisions as president, from dropping the atomic bomb to going to war in Korea. · Special Bonus: The Course of Human Events: In this Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, David McCullough draws on his personal experience as a historian to acknowledge the crucial importance of writing in history’s enduring impact and influence, and he affirms the significance of history in teaching us about human nature through the ages.
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If I Fall

Author: Kate Noble

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101561467

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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After a duke's betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as society's leading light-the life of the party. It's all a façade of course. When an old friend returns to London, he's determined to rediscover the true and trusting Sarah he once knew. But it'll take more than a kiss and a promise-it might even call for an innocent and necessary deception.
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