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An Honourable Soldier By John Caffrey
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Irishman William Butler spent forty-seven years as a soldier in the British Army in the Victorian days and distinguished himself as a humane and gallant officer. His story resonates with the... More > difficulties confronting soldiers in our time, engaged in military conflicts. He despised the way in which the military were manipulated by politicians and bankers in order to further their private interests. His appetite for adventure began with campaigns in Burma and Canadian Northwest. Then he travelled to West Africa, and Egypt where his experience in working with Native American Indians served him as commander of troop transportation up the River Nile. He saw action in Sudan and South Africa and, as a prolific author, wrote many graphic accounts of his deeds. As High Commissioner and Officer Commanding South Africa he advised against Britain’s plans to wage war in South Africa and, rather than be complicit by taking further orders, resigned from the army.< Less
An Honourable Soldier By John Caffrey
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Irishman William Butler spent forty-seven years as a soldier in the British Army in the Victorian days and distinguished himself as a humane and gallant officer. His story resonates with the... More > difficulties confronting soldiers in our time, engaged in military conflicts. He despised the way in which the military were manipulated by politicians and bankers in order to further their private interests. His appetite for adventure began with campaigns in Burma and Canadian Northwest. Then he travelled to West Africa, and Egypt where his experience in working with Native American Indians served him as commander of troop transportation up the River Nile. He saw action in Sudan and South Africa and, as a prolific author, wrote many graphic accounts of his deeds. As High Commissioner and Officer Commanding South Africa he advised against Britain’s plans to wage war in South Africa and, rather than be complicit by taking further orders, resigned from the army.< Less
A Professional Soldier By Matthew Perry
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The son of a gardener, James Duncan enlisted in the 17th Lancers in 1842. Promoted from the ranks during the winter hell of the Crimean War, he went on to fight in the Indian Mutiny, before becoming... More > the Fort-Major of Edinburgh Castle, and retiring as an Honorary Colonel. 'A Professional Soldier' examines the everyday existence of a 19th century cavalryman, as he rises through the ranks from Private to Colonel. Exploring the routines, drills, tactics, and ideals, which would have made up Duncan’s daily life, and defined him as a career soldier, at peace and at war. Along the way, hopefully proving that many Victorian soldiers were not blunderers, but professional soldiers.< Less
Donald Featherstone's Redcoats for the Raj Tales from a Victorian Barrackroom By John Curry, Donald Featherstone
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India 1868; The Hot Season. Stifling barrackrooms and soul-destroying boredom. The foot soldier was no part of the opulence that was the British Raj. From eight in the morning to five at night-... More > unless parading for church on Sunday or chastising erring tribesmen on the North-West Frontier- the army locked its soldiers in huts to fester. This is the story of the men who made Imperial India possible. They belonged to the underside of Victoria's Jewel in the Crown. Britain totally controlled the sub-continent not through enlightened government, but by force or arms. The Great Mutiny was put down, as were all other rebellions, by men just like those who lay in waiting in the stifling heat of the barrackrooms of Aliwal Lines. While historically accurate, this book does contain material that the modern reader might find distasteful.< Less
Jack The Ripper's Victorian Peepshow - vintage erotic photo album By FishesEye Publishing
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Tour the red light districts of Victorian London and Paris with a group of gents in search of salacious entertainment - and a sultry selection of ladies of the night. Seductive scenes from bawdy... More > house bedrooms, "maisons closes" of ill repute, romping Edwardian lovers and French libertines, soldiers on leave with courtesans and shameless hussies, glimpsed through curtains and keyholes in scandalous poses by masters of early erotic photography! Risqué, sometimes humorous portraits, for connoisseurs and collectors of vintage gaslight era erotica - an atmospheric album of over 100 early photos and postcards! In PDF ebook format, with optional rolling slideshow functions and random transition effects between images!< Less
From Bodenham to Birmingham: The Life, Times & Family History of a Victorian Couple By Edith Payne
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From an age when Napoleon was marching through Europe to a time when Adolf Hitler embarked on an almost identical adventure, this true story, based on official records, traces the family history of... More > Thomas Baugh and Elizabeth Clewer, ordinary people who were just two of the many thousands of foot soldiers of the industrial revolution. A story that has all the ingredient of a Victorian novel or period drama, encompassing premature death of family members from Typhoid Fever, cholera, tetanus and child birth to illegitimacy, paternal substitution, elements of an eternal triangle and of course an encounter with the dreaded workhouse. 'From Bodenham to Birmingham' is also a journey through the social history of the times from the agricultural disruptions of the 18th century to the industrial upheaval of the early 20th century.< Less
Donald Featherstone's The Badgered Men A novel describing the life of the Victorian cavalry man at the time of the First Sikh War 1845-1846 By John Curry, Donald Featherstone
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Donald Featherstone is the author of more than 60 books on wargaming and military history. He has been described by James F. Dunnigan as one of the founding fathers of modern wargaming. This novel... More > is a piece of military fiction describing the recruitment, training and experience of war for the typical Victorian cavalryman of the period. The characters in the novel are in many ways less important than the sheer amount of historical detail that has been captured by Donald Featherstone. The first half of the book is about recruitment and training. The second half of the book continues the story with an account of the campaign leading to the 1846 Battle of Aliwal in the First Sikh War. This book is not Flashman, Sharpe or even Hornblower. It contains less characterization and much more period detail. It opens a window on a piece of military history.< Less
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
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On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is approximately six years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting the graves of his mother and father, as well... More > as those of his siblings. The convict scares Pip into stealing food for him, and a file to grind away his shackles, from the home he shares with his abusive older sister and her kind, passive husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. The next day, soldiers recapture the convict, and another, while they are engaged in a fight; the two are returned to the prison ships whence they escaped. Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster, who wears an old wedding dress and lives in the dilapidated Satis House, asks Pip's "Uncle Pumblechook" (who is actually Joe's uncle) to find a boy to play with her adopted daughter Estella. Pip begins to visit Miss Havisham and Estella, with whom he falls in love, with Miss Havisham's encouragement.< Less
A Pattern of Virtue: The Arduous Life and Mysterious Death of a Corporal Major in Victoria's Life Guards By Barrie Charles
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‘A Pattern of Every Soldierly Virtue’, said Lord Longford, and so it read on William Silwood’s gravestone after his violent death. Born in poverty in a tiny village in... More > Hertfordshire, William had to struggle to survive. But he was hard working and had the strength of character to rise above his roots to finally gain the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer. However, this book is not just a biography of a soldier in the 2nd Lifeguards, although this does make for a gripping personal story. Rather it is a social history of the times from William’s birth in 1863 to his death in 1909, setting in stark contrast the privations faced by our ancestors against our easy life today. It also looks beyond the main protagonist, to consider the background of his parents and describe the environment for his wife and children in late Victorian and early Edwardian times.< Less
A Pattern of Virtue: The Arduous Life And Mysterious Death Of A Corporal Major In Victoria's Life Guards By Barrie Charles
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A Pattern of Every Soldierly Virtue', said Lord Longford, and so it read on William Silwood's gravestone after his violent death. Born in poverty in a tiny village in Hertfordshire, William had to... More > struggle to survive. But he was hard working and had the strength of character to rise above his roots to finally gain the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer. However, this book is not just a biography of a soldier in the 2nd Lifeguards, although this does make for a gripping personal story. Rather it is a social history of the times from William's birth in 1863 to his death in 1909, setting in stark contrast the privations faced by our ancestors against our easy life today. It also looks beyond the main protagonist, to consider the background of his parents and describe the environment for his wife and children in late Victorian and early Edwardian times.< Less