Susanna Gregory

Historical crime fiction. Medieval murder mysteries.
    Restoration intrigue and treachery.

The Royal Geographical Society Polar Exploration

The Royal Geographical Society Polar Exploration During the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth, explorers from around the world navigated the Northwest and Northeast Passages, attained the North and South Poles, crossed the Arctic Basin, and flew airships and airplanes in the Arctic and Antarctic, conquering nature’s last closely guarded bastions. Through beautifully recreated facsimile items, Polar Exploration narrates the famous stories of Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott and Captain Oates, Roald Amundsen, Robert E. Peary, and those less well-known, to tell tales of bravery, sacrifice, triumph, poisonings, disappearances, false claims, near misses, and the first Antarctic wintering that drove men to madness. Included are more than 200 illustrations and many rare and newly researched removable facsimile documents of historic importance, such as:

  • A plan of Fridtjof Nansen’s ship Fram
  • An extract from Roald Amundsen’s diary for the day he reached the South Pole
  • Robert Falcon Scott’s famous diary entry describing Captain Oates heading to his death
  • Pages from Douglas Mawson’s diary relating the death of his colleague Xavier Mertz

Co-editions of this book available on Amazon include:
Explorations polaires [French]
Exploraciones polares [Spanish]