- The Charge of the Light Brigade happened.
- Florence Nightingale carried her lamp around and invented nursing.
- Beryl Bainbridge's 1998 novel Master Georgie is set during the war, but though I remember liking it, I don't remember a thing about it.
- Um... I think that's it.
- Sebastopol? That's a thing, right?
|Map of the Jaws of Death.|
Of course, the most famous literary production of the war is Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade," a tale of heroism and tragedy we still recollect today:
Cannon to right of them,The full poem is here. Amazingly, you can hear Tennyson reading the poem himself in this 1890 wax cylinder recording:
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.
It always throws me for a loop when what I sometimes think of as distantly historical figures manifest in such a modern format.
Markovits suggests (and she's not alone) that the Crimean War was the first "media war," the first war that the media demanded exist and covered extensively, and that the contemporary need for war writing was met by journalism as a result: Dickens's journal Household Words covered the war in fact, but Dickens wrote barely anything about it in fiction.
Despite its seeming lack of literary impact, the war was an important one, and Orlando Figes's The Crimean War: A History (2010) seems to be the only comprehensive historical study of the war in English. Maybe someday I'll get around to reading it and figuring out exactly how impactful the war really was.
ALSO: Did you know cardigans come out of the Crimean War?
|My Google Image Search for "earl of cardigan wearing a cardigan" turned up no such thing, but I did find this image of the current Earl of Cardigan wearing a pullover, which is pretty close. Courtesy The Daily Mail.|