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[Dec. 15th, 2006|08:11 pm]
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There is a character in Sharpe's Devil called Thomas Cochrane, a naval adventurer and one of the great sea captains of the Napoleonic wars.

Now, this man was a real historical figure and a character in just about every sense of the word, and I wanted to know more about him. So I go to Wikipedia to look him up, and what do I find?

"His career inspired a number of writers of nautical fiction. The first was Captain Marryat who had served under him as a midshipman. In the 20th century, the fictional careers of Horatio Hornblower in the novels by C. S. Forester and of Jack Aubrey in the Aubrey–Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian were in part modelled on his exploits."

My italics. Jess, Star, I think we have to play with this somehow. Since the Cochrane in Sharpeverse is clearly fictionalised anyway, I think we can have him and Horatio exist in the same universe. What do you think?

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Date:December 15th, 2006 - 11:50 pm
Works for me!!

What's amusing, is the book Georgia was using as a basis for the one Hannah's been reading lately, has Horatio Hornblower in it, alongsides all the real historic captains. *amused* We sort of erased that section in the one Hannah was reading, or at least the canon-puncture details.
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Date:December 16th, 2006 - 08:55 am
I can't remember if Horatio meets him in the books (it's been too long since I read them) but Cochrane is definitely mentioned.