It would be interesting to know how officers’ wives intellectualised their experiences in Spain and Portugal. However, setting aside a collection of epic lays of little relevance to our topic–viz., Continue ReadingHistorical fiction writer’s lament
I decided that the Wakefield family in my novel The Spanish Patriot would be printers after reading this passage, from Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff (boldface type is my Continue ReadingField Trip: Printer’s shop
Between the second and third drafts of The Spanish Patriot, I traveled to its main setting, Corunna (A Coruña in Gallego, La Coruña in Castilian), in the region of Galicia, Continue ReadingA tour of La Coruña, in search of Corunna 1808
From a letter by Edward Charles Cocks, intelligence officer during Peninsular War (1812): “One word more generally on the profession. Few regard soldiers in their true light, that is as Continue ReadingOn soldiering
From Recollections of a Rifleman’s Wife, at Home and Abroad; At Home and Abroad, by F. M. Fitzmaurice (1851) (text at Google books, general ebooks): [In Lyons] The Place Louis le Grand is Continue ReadingFrom the mouths of babes, 19th century style
First-hand account from 1831 of an island being made between Tunisia and Italy, from Recollections of a Rifleman’s Wife, at Home and Abroad, by F. M. Fitzmaurice (1851) (PDF at Google Continue ReadingThe birth of an island
A little Army rationalization? From The Diary of a Cavalry Officer in the Peninsular and Waterloo Campaign, 1809–1815 by William Tomkinson (text at Google books or archive.org) There is one Continue ReadingStarvation rations good for you?