Thousands of books have been published about war while the role of the prisoner of war has been largely ignored. A History of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War 1756-1816; Hulk, Depot and Parole and The Arts and Crafts of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War 1756-1816 are the outcome of the author’s thirty year quest to collect information about a neglected and almost forgotten field of history.
Set against an historical background dating from the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) to Napoleon’s downfall in 1816. They document the arts, crafts and occupations of the prisoner of war in England, France and America from 1756 to 1816, providing the historical background to and detailed examination of a neglected area of warfare. They also illustrate the incredible skills possessed by the makers of these remarkable ‘works of art’.
Information for both books was acquired by from research at the Public Records Offices of England, Scotland and Wales and the archives of numerous British county towns. The author has also studied more than one hundred towns and villages, where paroled captured officers were detained, and visited the sites of prison depots – great and small – and ports and rivers where the dreaded prison hulks had once been moored.
During the course of his lengthy researches, the author assembled what may well be one of the largest private collections of prisoner of war artefacts in existence. A representative selection of these items is featured and shows the extraordinary high standard of workmanship achieved by many of the prisoners of war.
About the Author
Clive Lloyd (1920-2004) served in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War. In the 1950s he started to collect marine paintings. He later opened a gallery for the sale of fine art and became a recognised expert on his subjects. He found and bought his first piece of prisoner of war work in a market in London; this chance discovery became the first step on a lengthy journey to learn and acquire more examples, resulting in what was to become a famous collection.
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