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The English Dane : a life of Jorgen Jorgenson / Sarah Bakewell.

By: Bakewell, Sarah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2005Description: 324 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0701173408.Subject(s): Jürgensen, Jørgen, 1780- | Danes -- England -- History -- 19th century | Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography | Prisoners -- Tasmania -- Biography | Explorers -- Biography | Tasmania -- History | Iceland -- History | Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Iceland -- History -- 19th century | Tasmania (Australia) -- History -- 1803-1900DDC classification:
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Jorgen Jorgenson was a Dane who made Britain his adopted country, and became caught up in its story at opposite ends of the earth. The son of a Copenhagen clockmaker, inspired by his hero Captain Cook, he came to London. Here he became a sailor and at twenty-three was among the small party sent to establish a new colony - Tasmania. Twists of fortune found him captaining a ship for Napoleon against Britain: captured, his life was under threat. He escaped execution, but next a pile of London gambling debts drove him to sail with British traders to Iceland. Now comes his long-dreamed of moment of glory. When Danish officials in Iceland bar their trade, Jorgensen and his fellows (including the young botanist William Jackson Hooker) simply stage a coup.For seven summer months Jorgensen rules Iceland, proclaiming it free from Danish rule, its ancient rights restored and 'at peace with all the nations of the world'. A British warship arrives, and his rule is at an end, but on the voyage home, Jorgen is a hero once more, saving them all from a fire at sea. He was not yet thirty.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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