- Flashman on the March
infobox Book |
name = Flashman on the March
orig title =
George MacDonald Fraser
language = English
release_date = 2005
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 320 pp (paperback)
isbn = ISBN 0-00-719740-3
Flashman and the Tiger
"Flashman on the March" is a 2005
novelby George MacDonald Fraser. It is the twelfth and last (although by no means concluding) Flashman novel.
As is usual with Fraser's Flashman novels, the book is presented within the frame of the supposedly discovered historical Flashman Papers, written by Harry Flashman from "
Tom Brown's Schooldays". The papers are attributed to Flashman, who is not only the bully featured in Thomas Hughes' novel, but also a well known Victorian military hero. The book begins with an explanatory note detailing the discovery of these papers.
The present novel is set in 1867-8 and begins in
Trieste, directly after Flashman's service with Emperor Maximilian I in Mexico(mentioned in other of the novels), from where he travels to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and becomes part of General Robert Napier's 1868 expedition.
Having fled Mexico aboard the Austrian warship carrying the Emperor Maximilian's body home for burial, Flashman is on the run, after mortally offending Admiral Tegethoff by seducing his great-niece "en voyage". Flashman meets an old acquaintance, Jack Speedicut (who appears in other of the novels), who enlists him to escort a shipment of
Maria Theresa thalers to General Robert Napier's forces in Abyssinia, via Suez.
General Napier, overjoyed to find the noted military hero Flashman arrived in Abyssinia, immediately despatches him on a secret undercover mission to recruit Queen Masteeat and her Galla people, who are opposed to Emperor Theodore II of Ethiopia, travelling in the company of her half-sister Uliba-Wark, who is herself scheming to depose Queen Masteeat. Flashman succeeds in enlisting the assistance of Queen Masteeat, but is then captured by Emperor Theodore's forces.
The second half of the novel deals with Flashman's relations with the Emperor and covers the final battle with Napier's forces and their allies, after which Theodore commits suicide. Flashman tells Napier at the conclusion that the British government could have avoided the whole sorry adventure if they had simply given Theodore the respect that a monarch deserves, simply by properly responding to his letters.
*Harry Paget Flashman - the hero or
*George Speedicut - old school friend of Harry's, who also appears as a supporting character in "Tom Brown's Schooldays".
* Uliba-Wark - half-sister of Queen Masteeat
*cite book | last = Fraser | first = George MacDonald | authorlink = George MacDonald Fraser | coauthors = | title = Flashman on the March | publisher =
Alfred A. Knopf| date = 2005 | location = | pages = | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = 1400044758
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