Portraits of the English, Volume IV: The Army and The Navy


This volume contains selections from Heads of the People, a two-volume set (published in 1840) that portrays "the many faces of the English with their faults as well as their virtues." Detailed essays introduce the reader to a British soldier, a Chelsea pensioner, a British sailor, a Greenwich pensioner, and a midshipman. These character sketches, that reflect the values of their times, along with glimpses of daily life (including vivid descriptions of everything from attire to gardens), are presented in an entertaining narrative style that keeps the pages turning. The chapters reproduced in this volume provide a fascinating view of the lives of British military men in early Victorian England. The Napoleonic Wars were still within living memory at the time that these chapters were written. Charming period illustrations enhance the text. 

Audrey Collins

(1999, 2006), 2011, 5½x8½, paper, 56 pp.

ISBN: 9780953646135