The war of Roger & Fanny: from the departure of the army from England in April 1854, to the fall of Sebastopol
Fanny was a quiet girl, but also a writer of considerable talent. Maligned by some of her contemporaries because she didn’t fit in with the Victorian image of what a ‘lady’ should be, she did things her way and wrote about them in a vivid, lively way, bringing the Crimean War to gut-wrenching life in a way no history book can. She was there for the duration, saw the Charge of the Light Brigade, walked through the ruins of Sebastopol and didn’t hesitate to say what she thought. Admired, parodied but never ignored, Fanny Duberly was a force of nature and a woman out of her time.
The diary is linked by well-chosen excerpts from her letters and brief historical notes, putting what Fanny is saying into its proper context. We have enriched this terrific book with several Roger Fenton’s images of Crimean war in colour, to offer to you something wonderful!
This book is based on “The Journal Kept During The Russian War” by Frances Isabella Locke Duberly. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1856. No effort has been made to modernize or standardize the spelling used in the original text.
By Frances Isabella Duberly, 116 pages