ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH MARSH: A Woman in World History


ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH MARSH: A Woman in World History

LINDA COLLEY    Book Number: 84979    Product format: Paperback

Voted one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year here is a grand tale of physical hardiness and surprising moral choices. In this remarkable reconstruction of an 18th century woman's extraordinary and turbulent life, historian Linda Colley not only tells the story of Elizabeth Marsh, one of the most distinctive travellers of her time, but also opens a window onto a radically transforming world. Marsh was conceived in Jamaica, lived in London, Gibraltar and Menorca, visited the Cape of Africa and Rio de Janeiro, explored eastern and southern India, and was held captive at the court of the Sultan of Morocco. She was involved in land speculation in Florida and in international smuggling and was caught up in three different slave systems. She was also a part of far larger histories. Her lifetime saw new connections being forged across nations, continents and oceans by war, empire, trade, navies, slavery and print. These developments shaped and distorted her own progress and the lives of those close to her. Colley brilliantly weaves together the personal and epic and allows the reader to vault into the pioneering life of an obscure woman and the limitless resources of her indomitable spirit. Apologies for large remainder mark. 361pp, 12 illustrations, four maps and 25 plates and engravings. These include a 1719 map of Jamaica, a 1758 view of Port Royal, the Navy Office in Broad Street, Saffron Island, Menorca among them, an illuminated letter of 1766 and an etching by Thomas Rowlandson 1799 of a Ship's Carpenter, just a young lad. With notes and manuscript sources.
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ISBN 9780385721493
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