‘These Happy Effects on the Character of the British Sailor’: Family Life in Sea Songs of the Late Georgian Period

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Abstract

Songs about sailors were popular during the late Georgian period in
Britain. Some were directed towards men in the navy or potential recruits,
but they were also part of the musical repertoire of the middle-class
drawing room. A common theme is the importance of family life. With
large numbers of men needed to serve in the military in this time of war
and colonial expansion, it was essential for the home front that their
families remained cohesive, and ballads were sometimes written with
the express purpose of promoting fidelity and patience on the part of
both men and women. This chapter examines the varieties of family
and conjugal relations presented in the verbal and musical rhetoric of a
selection of these songs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Imperial Expansion, and Exile, 1550–1850
EditorsHeather Dalton
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Chapter10
Pages239-259
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789048544257
ISBN (Print)9789463722315
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • British Navy
  • songs and ballads
  • Jane Austen
  • Matthew Flinders
  • family life

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