Mrs Duberly's War: Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6

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OUP Oxford, Feb 8, 2007 - History - 355 pages
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Mrs Duberly's journal is one of the most vivid eye-witness accounts we have of the Crimean War. Fanny Duberly, then aged 25, accompanied her husband to the Crimea in 1854, and remained there until the end of the fighting, the only officer's wife to remain throughout the entire campaign. She survived the severe winter of 1854-55, witnessed the battle of Balaklava and the charge of the Light Brigade, and rode through the ruins of Sebastopol. Spirited and courageous, she was known by sight to British and French soldiers across the battlefields, regarded often with enthusiasm and sometimes with disapproval. Witty and beautiful, she enjoyed flirtatious friendships with many of the most important men of the campaign. Her Journal kept during the Russian War was published in 1855 and caused a sensation. Although widely praised as the 'new heroine for the Crimea', Fanny was also censured, ridiculed, and even parodied in Punch. She had stepped into a man's world, and written about it in a way that seemed to some at the front an invasion of privacy and to others at home an abandonment of gentility. A best-seller at the time, the Journal was not reprinted after its second edition of 1856, and this is the first edition since that time.

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Fascinating study of English language as spoken 170 years ago, of military tactics of 170 years ago, of perceptions of 170 years ago, of customs of life 170 years ago- Read full review

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Christine Kelly read History at Trinity College, Dublin, and now lives in Oxford. An authority on the Crimean War, she took part in a recent British public television program on the campaign.

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