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Lady Franklin`s Revenge

Lady Franklin`s RevengeLady Franklin`s Revenge

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Jane Franklin became a world traveller in an age when women were expected to stay at home and raise a family. She journeyed far off the beaten path of a grand tour of Europe to explore Russia, Greece, the Holy Land and northern Africa.

She married Captain John Franklin aged 36 and helped him to seize the opportunity of a lifetime – to lead a Royal Navy expedition to solve the final riddle of the Northwest Passage. After Franklin disappeared, she badgered the Admiralty into sending dozens of ships to rescue him. She also financed voyages through public subscription, paid for others out of her own pocket and even inspired the United States president to contribute to the search. Her efforts to make her husband’s doomed voyage into a great heroic endeavour secured his reputation as a legendary explorer.