The Navy at the Time of Jane Austen: Fighting, Flirting and Fortune

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Event information
Location: Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road, Gosport, PO12 1NS
Start date: 15/07/2017
End date: 20/09/2017
Start time: 09:00
End time: 17:00
Price: Free

In her later novels, Jane Austen describes a new type of hero, one who has made his own fortune through hard work and intelligence.  The inspiration for the naval officers in Mansfield Park and Persuasion undoubtedly came from her brothers, Francis and Charles.  Both already making names for themselves in their chosen careers, her brothers were on active service in this golden era of the British Navy - the victorious Battle of Trafalgar had been fought just a few short years before. The Navy at the Time of Jane Austen - fittingly on display at the port of Gosport - will look at the danger and the drama as well as the entertaining and social life aboard ship, through her novels, her letters and contemporary accounts.

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