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‘History in the Land of Romance’: Poetry and the Peninsular War, 1808–1814

Simon Bainbridge

in British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187585
eISBN:
9780191718922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187585.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses the relationship of poetry and the Peninsular War. Robert Southey showed the extent to which the unfolding events in Spain has already been imagined, and written, as romance. ... More


The Language of War

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0002
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter provides an account of how Peninsular War memoir-writers depicted being a soldier in the early nineteenth century. It considers both positive and negative representations of the ... More


Plunder on the Peninsula: British Soldiers and Local Civilians During the Peninsular War, 1808–1813

Gavin Daly (ed.)

in Civilians and War in Europe, 1618–1815

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846317118
eISBN:
9781846317699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317699.014
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the nature of plunder by the British army in the Peninsular War, and shows that new forms of plunder developed as a result of both cultural perceptions and the specific ... More


Benito Pérez Galdós and the novel of Spanish national identity

Brian Hamnett

in The Historical Novel in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Representations of Reality in History and Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199695041
eISBN:
9780191732164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695041.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The polemic between Neo-Classicists of the French mode and younger Romantics was also played out in Spain. Although with an earlier presence, Romanticism took shape in Spain mainly after the ... More


‘Thy World, Columbus, shall be free:’ Visions of Spanish America during the Peninsular War

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638680
eISBN:
9780748651702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses the protection program of the Spanish empire, which effectively replaced the previous annexation plans of Britain. It notes that during the Peninsular War, British writing ... More


Introduction

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

The Peninsular War (1808–1814) was one of the most colourful and brutal campaigns of the Napoleonic period. It prompted hundreds of veterans from the armies of the participating countries (Spain, ... More


Circulation and Transnational Memory

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0008
Subject:
History, Military History

This final chapter examines the international scope of the Napoleonic war memoir genre. Widespread and often illegal practices of reprinting and translating veterans’ autobiographies ensured that ... More


‘Of War and Taking Towns’: Byron’s and Hemans’s post-Waterloo Poetry, 1816–1828

Simon Bainbridge

in British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187585
eISBN:
9780191718922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187585.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter examines the works of Lord Byron and Felicia Hemans, whose obsession with war developed out of their engagement with the Peninsular War and whose poetic identities were profoundly shaped ... More


Effectiveness and the British Officer Corps, 1793–1815

Bruce Collins

in Britains Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society, 1715-1815

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781846319556
eISBN:
9781781387160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319556.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

One prevalent model of the British officer corps is that it was neither sufficiently well trained nor efficient until Wellington forged an effective officer corps in the Peninsula. There are few ... More


Before the Ink Dries

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0003
Subject:
History, Military History

Peninsular War veterans often faced a difficult transition back into civilian society after the conflict, receiving inadequate pay and little official commemoration. This led to a common fear, ... More


Curtain-raiser The London Grocer and the Irish Soldier

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan: A Dual Biography

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195147698
eISBN:
9780199849437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book examines the lives of two men—William Gilbert and Thomas Sullivan—one English and the other Irish, whose descendants were destined to make such a mark on the nineteenth century and beyond. ... More


Iberian War Writing

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0004
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter explores the roots of the modern war memoir genre. It debunks the enduring idea that in the early nineteenth century the Iberian peninsula did not produce military autobiographies, or ... More


The Myth of the Accidental Author

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter explores the concept of soldiers as professional authors, confronting the enduring myth of ‘accidental’ military autobiography. In their prefaces, veterans of the Peninsular War ... More


Soldiering Abroad: The Experience of Living and Fighting among Aliens during the Napoleonic Wars

Graciela Iglesias Rogers

in Britains Soldiers: Rethinking War and Society, 1715-1815

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781846319556
eISBN:
9781781387160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319556.003.0003
Subject:
History, Military History

The vast majority of the conflicts in which British soldiers were involved in the period 1750-1815 took place abroad, bringing them into unprecedented contact with foreign cultures and manners. This ... More


Conclusion: War for Sale

Matilda Greig

in Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.003.0009
Subject:
History, Military History

This concluding chapter provides a summary of the key points made in the book. It emphasises that a new methodology is needed for analysing Napoleonic war memoirs, and indeed war memoirs in general, ... More


My Lectures on Small War, held at the War College in 1810 and 1811

Christopher Daase and James W. Davis

in Clausewitz on Small War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198737131
eISBN:
9780191800603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737131.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

In his “Lectures on Small War” held at the Prussian War College in 1810 and 1811, Clausewitz analyzed small-unit warfare by studying the rebellion in the Vendée (1793–8), the Tyrolean uprising of ... More


The Genius of Old Romance: Amadis and British Romanticism

Helen Moore

in Amadis in English: A Study in the Reading of Romance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198832423
eISBN:
9780191871030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832423.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

In 1803 two new translations of Amadis were published: from French, by W. S. Rose, and from Spanish, by Robert Southey. It was through Southey’s editions of Amadis and Palmerin (1807), another ... More


Dead Men Telling Tales: Napoleonic War Veterans and the Military Memoir Industry, 1808-1914

Matilda Greig

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192896025
eISBN:
9780191918513
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192896025.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Dead Men Telling Tales is an account of the lasting cultural impact made by the autobiographies of Napoleonic soldiers over the course of the nineteenth century. Focussing on the nearly three hundred ... More


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