Lady Franklin's Revenge: A True Story of Ambition, Obsession, and the Remaking of Arctic History

Paperback | September 26, 2006

byKen McGoogan

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When Sir John Franklin disappeared into the Arctic in 1845, it was his adventurouswife, Jane Franklin, who kept the search for him alive and, as a result, contributedmore to the discovery and mapping of the North than any explorer. A thirdmasterful biography from historian Ken McGoogan, Lady Franklin’s Revenge isthe richly documented story of a complex, ambitious Victorian—arguably thegreatest woman traveller of the 19th century— and the transformation of a failedexpedition into a triumphant legend. A Globe and Mail Book of the Year, andshortlisted for the Ontario Libraries Evergreen Award, Lady Franklin’s Revenge isan exquisitely illustrated epic adventure.

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When Sir John Franklin disappeared into the Arctic in 1845, it was his adventurouswife, Jane Franklin, who kept the search for him alive and, as a result, contributedmore to the discovery and mapping of the North than any explorer. A thirdmasterful biography from historian Ken McGoogan, Lady Franklin’s Revenge isthe richly documented s...

KEN McGOOGAN’s quartet of books about Arctic history—Fatal Passage,Ancient Mariner,Lady Franklin’s RevengeandRace to the Polar Sea—have made him one of the most acclaimed popular historians in Canada and a national bestselling author. Visit his website atwww.kenmcgoogan.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.13 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780006394723

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was Lady Franklin the most famous world traveller of her time or just a ruthless status seeker? Lady Franklin was a women obsessed with frabricating the myth that her Husband discouvered the North West Passage. She discredited John Rae and stopped him getting a knighthood. The Franklin fleet were like many seeking the passage in the icepak to the west of King William Island inspite of the fact that John Rae had discouvered that the ice free route was to the east of this island. Lady franklin was a paradox—totally dishonest in promotion of her husband—yet probably the most travelled women of the 19th century. She spent years in Tasmania, where she and her husband were stabbed in the back by an administrator and returned to England in disgrace. Her revenge was to force her husband on yeat another expeditiion to find the North West Passage and then after he went missing falsly but successfully promooting the myth that he had found the North West passage. Part adventure and travel and part dishonest politics. A detailed but entertaining read. Maybe you should read Fatal Passage first so you are able to understand the dishonesty of Lady Franklin. Both books are a good read for history buffs.
Date published: 2016-09-04