Mrs Duberlys War: Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6

Paperback | July 15, 2008

EditorChristine Kelly

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Mrs Duberly's journal is one of the most vivid eye-witness accounts we have of the Crimean War. Fanny Duberly, then aged 25, accompanied her husband to the Crimea in 1854, and remained there until the end of the fighting, the only officer's wife to remain throughout the entire campaign. Shesurvived the severe winter of 1854-55, witnessed the battle of Balaklava and the charge of the Light Brigade, and rode through the ruins of Sebastopol. Spirited and courageous, she was known by sight to British and French soldiers across the battlefields, regarded often with enthusiasm and sometimes with disapproval. Witty and beautiful, she enjoyed flirtatious friendships with many of the most important men of the campaign. Her Journal kept during the Russian War was published in 1855 and caused a sensation. Although widely praised as the 'new heroine for the Crimea', Fanny was also censured, ridiculed, and even parodied in Punch. She had stepped into a man's world, and written about it in a way that seemed to some atthe front an invasion of privacy and to others at home an abandonment of gentility. A best-seller at the time, the Journal was not reprinted after its second edition of 1856, and this is the first edition since that time.

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Mrs Duberly's journal is one of the most vivid eye-witness accounts we have of the Crimean War. Fanny Duberly, then aged 25, accompanied her husband to the Crimea in 1854, and remained there until the end of the fighting, the only officer's wife to remain throughout the entire campaign. Shesurvived the severe winter of 1854-55, witness...

Christine Kelly read History at Trinity College, Dublin and now lives in Oxford. An authority on the Crimean War, she took part in the Channel 4 programme on the campaign.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.87 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199532060

ISBN - 13:9780199532063

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and IllustrationsEditor's IntroductionNote on the TextEditor's Note and Author's Preface, 18551. The Voyage (April-May 1854)2. Embarkation and Encampment at Varna (June-August 1854)3. The Expedition to the Crimea (September-October 1854)4. Balaklava (October-November 1854)5. Balaklava (December 1854-March 1855)6. The Camp (March-July 1855)7. The Fall of Sebastopol (July-September 1855)Notes and CommentaryBiographical NotesAppendix 1: How the War BeganAppendix 2: The Battle of BalaklavaFurther ReadingIndex

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Christine Kelly has written an excellent introduction, and her edition at last gives Fanny Duberly the recognition she deserves. s