Better Conceiv'd than Describ'd

ISBN 9781780883595
Author Steve Ragnall
Publisher Troubador Publishing Ltd
No. Of Pages 272
Binding Hardback
Language eng
Category Biography & Autobiography / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Publishing Year 2013
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Our feelings could be better conceived than described, wrote James King in February 1779 after unwrapping a bundle handed to him by a Hawaiian Priest and finding in it a human thigh, the thigh of his late commander, the renowned Captain James Cook. Better Conceived than Described is the first full biography of James King the interesting, though tragically short-lived, Royal Navy Officer in the reign of George III. Captain James King's adventurous life saw him lay claim to Alaska in the name of George III, fight as a frigate captain in the American War of Independence and test the marine chronometer that revolutionised navigation. Starting in the small town of Clitheroe (in Lancashire), and taking us to the edges of the then known world on a great voyage of discovery, this book shows the development of James King not only as a sailor but also as an astronomer sponsored by the Board of Longitude, while also examining the death of Captain Cook at the hands of the Hawaiians. With cameo appearances from Horatio Nelson, the infamous William Bligh, society artist Sir Joshua Reynolds, diarist Fanny Burney and statesman Edmund Burke, this is a whos who of Georgian society and shows the importance of patronage in the second half of the 18th century. Better Conceivd than Describd is a must read for anyone interested in Captain Cook, Georgian and maritime history

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