Title The English Dane: A Life Of Jorgen Jorgenson.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition.
Edition First Edition.
Publisher Chatto & Windus, London: 2005.
0701173408 / 9780701173401
Seller ID 67994X1
This gripping nineteenth-century adventure stars a strange and troubled man and sheds new light on the emerging British empire. Jorgen Jorgenson was a Dane who made Britain his adopted country. Restless for adventure and inspired by his hero Captain Cook, he came to London, and at twenty-three was among the small party who established a new colony - Tasmania. Amid many twists of fortune, he captained a ship for France against Britain, but then sailed with British traders to Iceland. This was his long-dreamed of moment of glory: staging an outrageous coup, for two months he ruled Iceland, proclaiming it free from Danish rule, its ancient rights restored. Sarah Bakewell tells this extraordinary tale with dazzling verve, using unpublished sources and letters. Includes an Index. "A fascinating story . . . gripping reading." - Daily Telegraph
(Key Words: Jorgen Jorgenson, Sarah Bakewell, Biography, Icesland, Tasmania, Australia, Samuel Whitbread, Count Frederik Trampe, Samuel Phelps, Norah Jorgenson, Judge Magnus Stephenson, Hobart, Denmark, Sir George Arthur, Sir Joseph Banks).