By Anna Enquist

Captain James cook dinner warfare einer der berühmtesten Entdeckungsreisenden des 18. Jahrhunderts, aber vom Leben seiner Frau Elizabeth, die zu Hause in England immer wieder auf ihn wartete, weiß guy wenig. Anna Enquist erzählt in ihrem neuen großen Roman von Elizabeths Leben als Frau und Mutter, als Geliebte und als Verlassene, und zugleich schildert sie farbenprächtig die vorviktorianische Zeit, chefs Abenteuer und Ideen.

London 1775: Elizabeth cook dinner wartet in ihrem Haus auf die Heimkehr ihres Mannes James, der eben seine zweite große Weltreise beendet hat. Obwohl sie immer regen Anteil genommen hat an seinen Entdeckungen und wissenschaftlichen Forschungen, hofft sie, dass er nun endlich bei ihr und den Kindern bleibt und seinen wohlverdienten Ruhm genießt. Immerhin hat er es vom Bauernsohn bis zum Admiral der englischen Flotte gebracht und gehört zur gesellschaftlichen Elite des Landes.

Trotz der Aussicht auf ein beschauliches gemeinsames Leben nagen auch Zweifel an Elizabeth: Wie wird es James ohne seine geliebte Seefahrt ergehen, und vor allem, wie wird sie, die sechs Kinder mehr oder weniger allein geboren und aufgezogen und selbständig gelebt hat, mit ihrer neuen Rolle fertig werden – als Frau eines ehrgeizigen, befehlsgewohnten Kapitäns an Land? Doch es kommt anders. prepare dinner bricht das Versprechen, das er ihr gegeben hat, und lässt sich zu einer dritten Reise überreden, von der er nicht zurückkehren wird.

Wie Elizabeth damit umgeht, wie sie trotz Widerstands der Admiralität die unklaren Umstände seines Todes aufdeckt und wie sie die schweren Schicksalsschläge meistert, die das Leben ihr auferlegt – sie überlebt alle ihre Kinder –, das erzählt Anna Enquist spannend und eindringlich, facettenreich und bewegend.

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In some places, garbage was burned or collected to be tossed over the city walls. ) In Italian cities, piazzas were kept clean, but in the backstreets, refuse simply lay around to be churned to a kind of black muck after rains. Farm animals living inside cities added to the mess, but when cities, with a view to cleanliness, banned their presence inside the walls, things got worse. It turned out that city pigs had been performing a major cleanup service. Occasionally the revival of ancient learning was absorbed, extended, and applied to a real problem, changing people’s conception of the world.

Much of the fighting was done by groups of undisciplined men who fought for hire or for booty. In Italy, they were led by condottieri, freelance commanders who were a law unto themselves. One of the most feared, Bartolomeo Colleoni, still throws a chill into tourists who run across his grim likeness, a huge equestrian statue by Andrea del Verrocchio that stands in a piazza in Venice. If passing troops did not rape, burn, and pillage, they lived off the land, stripping it so thoroughly that military commanders understood an army could never retreat along the same path it had advanced over.

Using Ptolemy’s distances, in addition to observations of another scholar, Pierre d’Ailly, who reasoned that between Spain and the Indies were only 135 degrees of open sea, Columbus cooked his figures to reduce the number of sea or land miles in each degree of longitude. By his reckoning, Japan lay only 2,760 miles from Spain, or roughly a quarter of what it is. Wild for financial backing, he once noted, “The end of Spain and the beginning of India are not far apart . . ” History has derided Spanish experts leery of Columbus’ estimates.

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