The Female Soldier

Or, The Surprising Life and Adventures of Hannah Snell

Hannah Snell

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64pp

ISBN: 9781913724047

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Hannah Snell’s story begins with tragedy. In 1744 she married James Summs, a Dutch seaman. Soon after their marriage she fell pregnant, and Summs abandoned her and the child, who died just a year later. At this juncture, Snell donned a suit, assumed her brother-in-law’s identity and set off in search of her errant husband.

Boarding the sloop of war the Swallow in Portsmouth, Snell set sail to capture Pondicherry. Along the way she fought in many battles, sustaining multiple injuries, some of which made it difficult to keep her sex concealed. In 1750, she returned to London and told her story, setting down in The Female Soldier one of the most captivating military legends of all time, which went on to inspire generations of men and women alike.

 
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Hannah Snell

Hannah Snell (1723–92) is known for the acts described in The Female Soldier – she disguised herself as a man and became a soldier so that she could track down her husband.

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