Governor of Minorca
By Janet Sloss
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From the introduction:
Richard Kane's career spanned two very different centuries in Great Britain.
At the end of the seventeenth century, it was a fairly uninfluential island
kingdom just emerging from a century of fierce conflict in religion and
politics; and conditions in the Ireland of Kane's youth were little easier
than the squalor and misery of the Middle Ages. At his life's end, Great
Britain was a country of free institutions, giving its people peace, order
and a vast improvement in everyday life. Kane participated in the change
and, in his small corner, advanced the reasonable and civilized course
of the eighteenth century. From his early army career, he left a training
manual that consolidated the formal rules of contemporary warfare and
gave him the reputation of the foremost military tactician of the day.
From his later career as governor of a British dependency in the Mediterranean,
he left a legacy of justice and order that was highly unusual at the time
and is honoured to this day.
- Janet Sloss -
Foreword By Nicholas Parsons:
It seems the British have a tendency to ignore their heroes. Even superheroes
are often belittled with the passing of time. An unsung hero to whom this
country owes a great deal is almost unknown in Britiain, and yet is remembered
and revered in a Mediterranean island which was a British colony for most
of the eighteenth century. Even today the people of Menorca speak with
warmth and respect of Richard Kane, who governed there with great humanity
and justice. They have put up a memorial to him, his portrait hangs in
the Town Hall of the capital, Mahon, and the Island Council has spent
millions of pesetas to restore "Kane's Road" which he built
to traverse the island.
This delightful book, written with great warmth and scholarly insight,
is the result of in-depth research about an amazing and exceptional man.
A compelling read for those who wish to discover more of the history of
their country and those who shaped it. Janet Sloss - an American! - has
elevated Richard Kane to the place he deserves to hold in the affections
of the British people. She has brought to life with her fine command of
language and lively prose a forgotten British hero.
- Nicholas Parsons -
This biography of Brigadier General Richard Kane covers his early life
in Ulster, his military career under William III and Marlborough, and
his long governorship of Minorca, ceded to Great Britain under the Treaty
of Utrecht. The expedition to Canada in 1711, the takeover of Dunkirk
in 1712, and the defence of Gibraltar in 1725 are covered in detail.
Includes his "Discipline for Batallion of Foot." and his "Discipline
for a Regiment upon Action and the Most Essential Discipline of the Cavalry".
352 pages, with illustrations (20 B/W, 2 full colour)
• Paperback (ISBN 0-9508153-5-7) at £ 19.99 (United Kingdom
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