"Fiddlers and Whores: The Candid Memoirs of a Surgeon in Nelson's Fleet" (Used book)
Fiddlers and Whores: The Candid Memoirs of a Surgeon in Nelson's Fleet
by James Lowry
edited by John Millyard
About the Book
Used book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included.
‘A country of fiddlers and poets, whores and scoundrels’
-- Nelson’s famous description of Naples – was a world eager embraced by the young James Lowry, who seems to have gone to sea for no greater reason than to satisfy his sense of adventure.
Joining Nelson’s victorious fleet after the battle of the Nile, he was to experience plenty of naval action, and to see more foreign climes than perhaps he had anticipated. However, what particularly engaged his interest (and enthusiasm) was the relaxed sexual mores of Italian society. Written for his younger brother and unconstrained by any thought of publication, he recounts his land-based escapades with relish, and perhaps in rather more detail than is proper.
His descriptions of the local cultures and of the strange, enclosed world of the Navy are both enlightening and entertaining, and this edition brings to the modern reader a fascinating memoir that has remained hidden in the hands of Lowry’s descendants for more than two centuries.