One of the things that makes our beloved series so, um, belovable, is the incredible density of the details packed into it. There’s more in every book than just an enjoyable adventure. Within each book one can find discourses on nature (both animal and human), medicine, science, politics, technology… Every aspect of Napoleonic Era life is within Patrick O’Brian’s purview.
In this article from the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (Vol. 34, No. 4, October, 2003), Professor Alison M. Sulenic explores the aspects of law and morality in Post Captain, the second novel in the series. The article is quite long- 31 pages- but a fascinating and gripping read. It also contains spoilers all over the place, as it discusses specific events from the novel, so be warned.
Law and Morality in Patrick O’Brian’s Post Captain by Alison M. Sulenic
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Courtesy of Alison M. Sulenic and the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce.
Image: Trial at the Old Baily, artist unknown.