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Author Fletcher, Anne (Historian), author.

Title Widows of the ice : the women that Scott's Antarctic expedition left behind / Anne Fletcher.

Publication Info. Stroud, Gloucestershire : Amberley Publishing, 2022.


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield at the Atrium  919.89 FLE    Check Shelf
Description 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-309) and index.
Contents Part 1. Wives -- Oriana -- Ted -- A scientist's wife -- The Discovery expedition -- Reunited -- Lois -- Edgar -- A sailor's wife -- Betrayal -- Kathleen -- Con -- A hero's wife -- The departure of Terra Nova -- The influence of the Petticoat -- Part 2. Waiting -- 1910: the Penelopes -- 1911: the first year apart -- 1912: losing the Pole -- 1912: messages from Antarctica -- 1912: another year of waiting -- 1912: finding the bodies -- Part 3. Widows -- If his death can help people... I can be happy in giving him up -- My husband died bravely -- I regret nothing but his suffering -- Our King upon his knees -- For God's sake look after our people -- Heroic failures -- Gloriously widowed -- The strongest man of the party -- Men of stone and bronze -- Knitting for victory -- Sculpting beauty from horror -- Casualties of war -- A new family -- Family tensions -- A family home -- Forgotten widows -- Timeline of the Terra Nova expedition.
Summary "A moving and original account of the effect of Scott's tragic expedition on the men's wives and families, who fame and history have overlooked. This story begins with perhaps one of the most iconic moments in British history: the death of Scott of the Antarctic. But it continues where previous histories have stopped. Unlike other books about the famous expedition, which has become such a powerful symbol of heroic failure and British bravery, Widows of the Ice examines the rest of the human story. Uniquely, it shows how the expedition affected the people closest to its members, beyond the British public who came to lionize them. These were the wives and families left behind by their brave, dead men. As Scott wrote in his last letter, 'I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past.' But what was behind this extraordinary type of bravery, where death sometimes seemed more honorable than success? And how much did those who loved and depended on the explorers support their endeavors, when it meant that they could lose everything? Widows of the Ice not only provides a fascinating new account of one of modern British history's best-known events - a story that we thought we knew - but also sheds light on the culture that drove men to risk themselves in faraway lands, to inflict fear and loss of their families, which was an essential ingredient in the values of the British Empire and the nation's sense of identity until surprisingly recent times. With reference to original sources including personal diaries and letters, Widows of the Ice puts a human face to the Scot Expedition, and shows how the women left behind by their heroic husbands suffered and survived, unable to express their sadness in a country that venerated their husbands' sacrifices"--Publisher's description.
Subject Scott, Kathleen, 1878-1947.
Wilson, Oriana, -1945.
Evans, Lois, 1879-
Scott, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912.
Wilson, Edward, 1872-1912.
Evans, Edgar, 1876-1912.
British National Antarctic Expedition (1901-1904)
Widows -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Explorers' spouses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Explorers -- Antarctica -- Death.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Evans, Edgar, 1876-1912. (OCoLC)fst00380180
Scott, Kathleen, 1878-1947. (OCoLC)fst00365752
Scott, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912. (OCoLC)fst00001385
Wilson, Edward, 1872-1912. (OCoLC)fst01734068
Explorers' spouses. (OCoLC)fst00918576
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Widows. (OCoLC)fst01174951
Antarctica. (OCoLC)fst01239992
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Added Title Women that Scott's Antarctic expedition left behind
Other Form: ebook version : 9781445693774
ISBN 9781445693767 (hardcover)
1445693763 (hardcover)
9781445693774 (ePub ebook)
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