The widow of the late St Helena historian, Trevor Hearl, has been presented with the first copy of a new book that brings together the results of his research over many years.
Click here to listen to Simon Pipe’s report from the launch
St Helena Britannica – Studies in South Atlantic Island History is published by the Friends of St Helena and was launched at the group’s annual meeting in Oxford on 8 June 2013.
Another island scholar, Dr Alexander Schulenburg, has edited the book into 30 chapters, beginning with the island’s first discovery and the mystique that grew up around it:
“As news of its existence permeated the ports, cities and centres of learning of Europe, the island gained an almost magical reputation from mariners’ yarns which, unlike the sightings of sea monsters in the encircling ocean, needed little enhancement from their imagination.”