THS Annual Study Day 2020 - The Trumpet-Major
Saturday 24th October 2020
United Church, Dorchester, Dorset
2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Trumpet-Major. Hardy classed it as one of his 'Romances and Fantasies', and it was much more warmly received by his contemporaries than its predecessor The Return of the Native. It has been described as a humorous, picturesque, romantic tale based on historical fact, one of a number of works Hardy wrote revolving around the Napoleonic Wars, including The Dynasts and a number of short stories. Containing passages of both hilarity and poignancy, it records the interruption into rural routine of a military presence readying itself for battle with Bonaparte, and how this impacts upon the lives of the Lovedays, the Garlands and the Derrimans.
- The Trumpet-Major: A Happy Wessex Pastoral Romance or a Clumsy Historical Narrative? - Dr Faysal Mikdadi