From the deliberate, but delightful, misspelling of Shakespeare in the title to the carefully portrayed perils of being a Victorian soldier and the appropriately selected Shakespearian quotes to go alongside each cartoon, Thomas Seccombe’s book will resonate with all who have an interest in observing life – military and otherwise.
This book, first published in 1880, was so popular that it went on to six reprints in the following two years. Some 140 years later, even today’s readers will see why ‘Military Misreadings of Shakspere’ was such a success. Seccombe’s subtle, but perceptive, observations of human character are as true today as they ever were. He had a wonderful eye for detail as well as for the ridiculous but never used it with malice even when pairing his cartoons with quotes from the Bard. This re-published edition has the added benefit of former Grenadier Paul Cordle’s highly informative commentary which puts Seccombe’s army into perspective and relates regiments to their modern successors-in-arms.
” This book is fun; it throws an amusing light on the British Army as the British Empire approached the apogee of its power” - General Sir Jack Deverell KCB, OBE, DL in his Foreword.