The English Dane: From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict: A Story of Empire and Adventure

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This gripping nineteenth-century adventure stars Jorgen Jorgenson, who ran away to sea at fourteen and began a brilliant career by sailing to establish the first colony in Tasmania. Twists of fortune then found him captaining a warship for Napoleon before joining a British trading voyage to Iceland, where he staged an outrageous coup and ruled the country for two months.

Much lay ahead, from imprisonment in the hulks to patronage by Joseph Banks and travels in Europe as a British spy. But Jorgenson was dogged by his own excesses, and ended up transported as a convict to the very colony he helped to found. Here he reinvented himself again as an explorer, and, despite his sympathy for the people, was caught up in the terrible Aboriginal clearances. Using unpublished sources and letters, Sarah Bakewell tells his astonishing tale with dazzling verve.

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"Bakewell is superbly matched to the task. Her account of the world encountered by Jorgenson is as rich and nuanced as her description of his life" ( Independent)

"Precise, amusing and intriguing. A vivid and moving portrait of an extraordinary but flawed man... A terrific book" ( Daily Telegraph)

"Sarah Bakewell has a fine story to tell, and she is its skilled servant...A wonderful, intelligently told story" (Thomas Keneally Guardian)

"Splendid... An extraordinary story brilliantly told" ( Australian)

"An accomplished book" ( Sunday Times)

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