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The Ambitions of Jane Franklin Alison Alexander

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin von Alison Alexander

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin Alison Alexander

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The story of Jane Franklin's remarkable life, including her extensive travels and her very public battle to save her husband, the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, from accusations of cannibalism.

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin Zusammenfassung

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer Alison Alexander

In a period when most ladies sat at home with their embroidery, Jane Franklin achieved fame throughout the western world. Alison Alexander traces the life of this inimitable woman, from her birth in late 18th century London, her marriage at the ripe age of 36 years to Sir John Franklin, to her many trips to far-flung locations, including Russia, the Holy Land, northern Africa, America and Australia. Once Jane Franklin married, her original ambition - to live life to the full - was joined by an equally ardent desire to make her kind and mild husband a success. Arriving in Tasmania in 1837 when Sir John became governor, she swept like a whirlwind through the colony: attempting to rid the island of snakes; establishing a scientific society and the Hobart regatta; adopting an Aboriginal girl, and sending a kangaroo to Queen Victoria. She continued her intrepid travels, becoming the first white woman to travel overland from Melbourne to Sydney. When her husband disappeared in the Arctic on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage, she badgered the Admiralty, the public and even the President of the United States to fund trips to locate him, and then defended his reputation when remains of the expedition were located, and there were claims of cannibalism. Single-handedly she turned him from a failure into one of England's noblest heroes. She continued travelling well into her 70s and died at 84, refusing to take her medicine to the last.

The Ambitions of Jane Franklin Bewertungen

In Alison Alexander, Jane Franklin has found a biographer as adroit and willing to explore obscure nooks and crannies as herself. * Arctic Book Review *
Shines a bright light on the character of this remarkable woman. * Sydney Morning Herald *
Even-handed and often wryly amusing. * Canberra Times *
Alexander tells Lady Jane's story with a mixture of sophisticated analysis, personal insight and affectionate humour that penetrates much more deeply to the real woman. It holds the reader's fascinated attention to the end.... It is likely to be the definitive study of Lady Jane Franklin for many years. * The Australian *

Über Alison Alexander

Dr Alison Alexander has worked as a freelance historian and as a lecturer and tutor in history at the University of Tasmania.


Introduction..Chapter 1 A girl who did not fit in..Chapter 2 The Franklin connection..Chapter 3 An occasional marriage..Chapter 4 To Van Diemen's Land..Chapter 5 The governor's lady..Chapter 6 The home front..Chapter 7 Female convicts..Chapter 8 Improving the colony..Chapter 9 The Aborigines..Chapter 10 Mount Wellington, Sydney and beyond..Chapter 11 Three women's lives..Chapter 12 The political question..Chapter 13 Jane Franklin v. John Montagu..Chapter 14 John Franklin disappears..Chapter 15 Jane Franklin's Search..Chapter 16 Family upsets..Chapter 17 Victory..Acknowledgements..Notes..Bibliography..Index

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The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer Alison Alexander
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Allen & Unwin
Winner of National Biography Award 2014 (Australia) Short-listed for The Courier Mail People's Choice Book Award 2013 (Australia) Short-listed for The Courier Mail People's History Award 2013 (Australia)
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