After the Lost Franklin Expedition

Lady Franklin and John Rae

Peter Baxter

The fate of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1847 is an enigma that has tantalized generations of historians, archaeologists and adventurers. The expedition was lost without a trace and all 129 men died in what is arguably the worst disaster in Britain's history of polar exploration.
Date Published :
August 2019
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Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
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ISBN : 9781526727374
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The fate of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1847 is an enigma that has tantalized generations of historians, archaeologists and adventurers. The expedition was lost without a trace and all 129 men died in what is arguably the worst disaster in Britain's history of polar exploration.

In the aftermath of the crew's disappearance, Lady Jane Franklin, Sir John's widow, maintained a crusade to secure her husband's reputation, imperiled alongside him and his crew in the frozen wastes of the Arctic. Lady Franklin was an uncommon woman for her age, a socially and politically astute figure who ravaged anyone who she viewed as a threat to her husband's legacy.

Meanwhile John Rae, an explorer and employee of the Hudson Bay Company, recovered deeply disturbing information from the Expedition. His shocking conclusions embroiled him in a bitter dispute with Lady Franklin which led to the ruin of his reputation and career. Against the background of Victorian society and the rise of the explorer celebrity, we learn of Lady Franklin's formidable grit to honor her husband's legacy; of John Rae being discredited and his eventual ruin, despite later being proven right. It is a fascinating assessment of the aftermath of the Franklin Expedition and its legacy.

About The Author
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Peter Baxter is an author, amateur historian and heritage travel guide. Born in Kenya and educated in Zimbabwe, he has lived and traveled over much of southern and central Africa. Peter lives in Oregon, USA. His interests include British Imperial history in Africa and the East Africa campaign of the First World War in particular. He is the author of Pen and Sword's Gandhi, Smuts and Race in the British Empire.

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