The Trafalgar Chronicle, the yearbook of The 1805 Club, has established itself as a prime source of information and the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian navy, sometimes also loosely called Nelson’s navy. This year’s edition spotlights women at sea and reveals many fascinating stories. Even when the sources are available, women’s roles at sea and ashore have been either neglected or sensationalized. This edition of The Trafalgar Chronicle presents a set of objective, well-researched and authoritative articles by both well-known authors and some carefully refereed first-time writers.
The editor writes:
Women have for various reasons left a light footprint in the sands of history, and historians – mainly male historians – have unfairly overlooked women and their importance in the tides of history. When women have written about, it has often been with an air of surprise or innuendo, surprise that women should have anything at all to do with the generation of men who bore the brunt of the hardships of events, or innuendo that women’s roles were somehow inadvertent or even immoral. I therefore decided some time ago that this edition of the Trafalgar Chronicle would be themed on women and the sea in the age of the Georgian navy. When then I read Dr Margarette Lincoln’s words that ‘women’s contribution to British naval supremacy in the long eighteenth century tends to be neglected or sensationalised’, I became even more determined to redress the imbalance.
Here then is a cornucopia of knowledge, new research and unexpected spotlights on the role of women and their relationship to the sea in the age of sail.
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