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BRIGADIER-GENERAL SIR HARRY PAGET FLASHMAN, V.C., K.C.B., K.C.I.E.
A RENOWNED VICTORIAN
A tribute from David M. Tibbetts
Last updated on 18th September 2005
WELCOME, ONE AND ALL
To my tribute to the life and times of Harry Paget Flashman. Over the coming centuries this site will expand to become THE focus point in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (and Anguilla, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Montserrat (what's left of it after that volcano), Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the British Antarctic Territory) for information on Harry Flashman.
There are spoilers scattered throughout this site so beware if you haven't read all the books and don't want to know what happens. You have been duly warned! Otherwise, enjoy yourself and wallow in Flashmania.
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The Flashman Reader
|Guide||Chronology 18 Sept||Maps|
|Flashman Papers 18 Sept||Oddities and Errors||Gallery|
|Would like to meet...!||Discussion lists||Contacting me online|
|Trivia quiz||Guestbook||GMF interviews|
|Mentioned In Despatches||Book reviews||Cricket|
|Links||Crimean War List||Email me|
THE FLASHMAN SOCIETY INFORMATION SECTION
What are The Flashman Papers?
"The papers, which had apparently lain untouched for fifty years, in a tea chest, until they were found in the Ashby saleroom, were carefully wrapped in oilskin covers. From correspondence found in the first packet, it is evident that their original discovery by [Flashman's] relatives in 1915 after the great soldier's death caused considerable consternation; they seem to have been unanimously against publication of their kinsman's autobiography - one can readily understand why - and the only wonder is that the manuscript was not destroyed."
Explanatory note of the editor, George MacDonald Fraser, at the beginning of the first book, ''Flashman''.
This is how the world came to know of the true history of Harry Paget Flashman and a fortunate discovery they were too. In all some dozen packets of papers were found and 13 memoirs have been published so far. They are the honest, unadulterated truth about this great Victorian figure on how he conned Victorian society by his lying, toadying, running for cover and generally bluffing his way through life.
Published material and other sources
For a full listing of the published memoirs, with a brief description of their contents, and the other sources of information about the Flashman family. Also, how to read the Flashman memoirs in chronological order, providing you can cope with warping your mind!
A personal note on FLASHMAN AND THE TIGER
Apart from the obvious delight of not one but three Flashman memoirs contained in Flashman and the Tiger, it is the greatly expanded Who's Who entry I draw your attention to. Three times as big as the previous one there are some startling, indeed unforeseen, adventures to come. The new information is a must for Flashman historians worldwide.
THE FLASHMAN READER
a free online book for all Flashman fans
THE FLASHMAN READER CONTAINS MANY SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ALL THE BOOKS.
Here it is, the site you have been waiting for! The incredible FLASHMAN READER. This is an A-Z of who, what, where, why, how and when that I have been working on for the last 8 years. It is not yet finished, but I thought you might like to see it. Criticise, praise or comment on it please. I want to know what you think about it. The ultimate aim is to get it published in paper and/or interactive CD.
This is the heart of the Flashman Reader. The Guide is quite large and still growing. Comes with introduction on how to use the Guide. User-friendly alphabetical page links for easier navigation!
IMPORTANT NOTE: THE THREE MEMOIRS IN FLASHMAN AND THE TIGER HAVE NOT YET BEEN CATALOGUED. The details from the 1975 abridged version of 'Flashman and the Tiger' are included. However, due to the new text found in the full version the entries for people and places featured in TIGER may now be inaccurate.
Due to popular demand, the Flashman Chronology has been reinstated. This includes information from Flashman and the Tiger, as well as Tom Brown's Schooldays, Mr. American and Black Ajax, plus other external sources. If you spot any errors in it please send them to me so that I can correct them. George MacDonald Fraser kindly did so.
As I come across them I will add maps and diagrams Flashy's travels around the globe.
A call for help! If you want to help speed up the process of adding maps (without pinching the ones from the books) and are a dab hand at the old map drawing then do please get in touch with me.
There are few 'confirmed' pictures of Flashman that exist today. Here are two of them
The Family Tree
From Jack Flashman to Augustus, here are seven generations of the Flashman family and how the Morrison and Paget families got entangled with them.
Like most military men of his time, Flashman knew how to sing the popular tunes of his day. The Flashman Papers are littered with references to songs and dittys. Here are a few of them.
As many of you are aware the Flashman Papers, while being a marvellous source for Victorian history, are riddled with errors and inconsistencies, the most (in)famous of which is the 'Chillianwallah Incident'.
A superb analysis of the 'Chillianwallah Incident' has been sent by Michael J. Wormald. It deserves your fullest attention.
Brian Siano's Flashman Papers Project attempts to find solutions for some of these discrepancies, as well as being a wonderful Flashman website.
As most websurfers know there are some interesting pictures on the Net. This section is devoted to bringing them to you. I welcome any contributions.
Would like to meet...!
OK, OK, before you all get too excited this is not a pimping board (well, not yet it ain't!).
I have numerous requests about is there a Flashman group in such and such a place. In my infinite wisdom and as an attempt to spread the word of the Great Man Flashy I will post such requests here. I leave it to you to then get in touch.
The Flashman Society has its very own list which is also open to non-members.
Only started in late 2000, this list was set up as an alternative to the newsgroup.
I have decided to leave the quizzes up for visitors to amuse themselves with. If you want the answers then ask for them. For Novice Flashman followers this might be the place to start. If you find it too easy then move on to the Expert Flashman quiz.
I've finally got around to starting a guestbook. Don't forget to sign it before you go.
George MacDonald Fraser interviews
We are all interested in what gives GMF his inspiration for the Flashman books and about the man himself. Here I offer a selection of interviews culled from websites, mainly magazine and newspaper, from around the world. Enjoy!
Mentioned In Despatches
Flashman on campaign, courtesy of Chuck Kamps of the U.S.A
"Under Fourteen Flags" subtitled "The Remarkable True Story of a Victorian Soldier of Fortune" by Captain W. D. L'Estrange - Review by Michael Hargreave-Mawson
As you know Flashman was good at four things - riding, languages, fornicating and cricket. He was an accomplished bowler and moderately successful batsman (see Flashman and Flashman's Lady). For those of you who have no idea about our beautiful summer game I have posted a brief but detailed explanation of the finer points with illustrations.
This section was getting rather large so I've created a dedicated Flashman Links page. Here you'll find worldwide net links or relevence to Flashman's adventures and listed under each book title where I've been able to. Well worth going to first.
|Victorian History Overview||Regency History Overview||Georgian History Overview|
|Documents in Military History||Encyclopaedia of British History||Victorian Research Web|
Victorian research societies, author clubs and re-enactment groups
|Victorian Military Society||Crimea War Research Society||93rd Southerland Highlanders Regt.|
|The Diehards||The British Empire||Dictionary of Victorian London|
|Societe d'Europe U.S. Civil War||Folk Music||Queen Victoia - Lytton Strachey|
Georgian/Napoleonic research societies, author clubs and re-enactment groups
|Napoleon Series||Napoleon Guide||Napoleonic Association|
|C. S. Forester Society||The Peninsular War||The Patrick O'Brian Homepage|
|The Regency Collection||Napoleonic Books Online||Sharpe Appreciation Society|
|English Culture 1660-1830|
I am looking for more links to Flashman/Victorian history sites, particularly reenactment groups. If you know of any suitable sites or are associated with a Victorian reenactment group with a website then send me your URL.
Flashman Society members' sites
|Mike Hargreave-Mawson||Garry J. Vass||David Tibbetts|
|Picture Palace Films Ltd||George Webley|
Other Flashman websites
|Sir Harry Flashman's Memoirs||Flashman's Medals Ribbon|
|Call to Arms||UK Reenactor Index||The Conservative Party|
Flashman societies worldwide
Visit Royal Flashman
Society Chapters around the world. If your Chapter's website is not listed
then do please let me know ASAP.
Other Flashman groups...
Australian Flashman Society for Fallen Women - contact: Reginald Radford
For discussion on all aspects of the Crimean War, and a membership of knowledgeable chaps and chapesses (...and me), sign up to Crimean War List NOW. Owned and moderated by our very own Founder Member, Mike Hargreave-Mawson.
THE FLASHMAN SOCIETY
U. K. Membership
Applications for membership are NOW being taken! Details available here.
A set of aims, ratified at the Inaugural General Meeting, for potential members to browse.
The current Officers of the Society (the noble 600...well, 8).
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For a list of our 1997/8 members, the Roll of Honourable Founders
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Applications for membership are NOW being taken!
For those of you who don't live in this Sceptred Isle there is International Membership where you may petition for membership of the The Flashman Society and submit yourself to the Membership Secretary's whim.
Please read the International Membership section first.
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