Boon Island: including contemporary accounts of the wreck of by Kenneth Lewis Roberts, Jack Bales, Richard Hyde Warner

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By Kenneth Lewis Roberts, Jack Bales, Richard Hyde Warner

The total textual content of Roberts' final old novel, offered for the 1st time with contemporary--and conflicting--accounts of the shipwreck on which the radical used to be dependent.

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Thus, the fiction presaged the theory. There are, I think, two kinds of historical fiction in the broadest sense. The first takes a generalized event or a series of events and places characters and stories within them. C. S. Forester's "Hornblower" series, a vastly popular set of novels, has taught a generation more about the naval history of the Napoleonic era and the psychology of command than we, as historians, could ever hope to do. The second kind of historical fiction is that practiced by Kenneth Roberts.

Elagin, vols. 14 (St. Petersburg: Morskoe ministerstvo, 1887). 14. A Histoty of the Russian Fleet during the Reign of Peter the Great by a Contemporary Englishman, 1724, ed. Adm. Cyprian A. G. Bridge, vol. 15 of Navy Records Society Publications (London: Navy Records Society, 1899). The original manuscript copy has disappeared from the collection of the London School of Slavonic Studies. 15. "The Authorship of the 'History of the Russian Fleet under Peter the Great,'" Mariner's Mirror 20 (July 1934): 37376.

The first, entitled "An Account of Affairs in Russia, JuneJuly, 1725" was a detailed analysis of the political situation after the death of Peter I. 21 Deane was convinced that he had failed in his mission, however, for what his superiors wanted was an account of the activities of Jacobite emigrés and sympathizers in Russia. In despair, he wrote Townshend that enemies were gathering "to blacken my name ... "22 Before he left St. Petersburg, Deane made contact with a Jacobite courier, a young Irish military officer named Edmund O'Conner.

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