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Encountering the Mercenary: Native American Auxiliaries, the American Revolution, and Charlotte Smith

Simpson Erik

in Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748636440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.003.0002
Encountering the Mercenary: Native American Auxiliaries, the American Revolution, and Charlotte Smith

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This chapter takes a look at some novels by Charlotte Smith that situate the victims of mercenary marriage in the midst of characters who write and fight for money. It studies these works to shed some light on the kinship between eligible young women and unaffiliated mercenaries. The chapter examines the French and British old regimes' use of mercenary forces and the support of the anti-Revolutionary patriarchy for marriages formed by harsh mercenary husbands and parents. It shows a dichotomy between the voluntaristic associations of the opponents of mercenaries and the mercenary structures of the anti-Revolutionaries. The chapter also considers the complications raised by the novels with the celebration of Revolutionary volunteerism.

Keywords: mercenary marriage; Charlotte Smith; mercenary forces; anti-Revolutionary patriarchy; voluntaristic associations; mercenary structures; Revolutionary volunteerism

Chapter.  11558 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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