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Battle for Québec

Did you know the French and Indian war was the North American manifestation of the Seven Years War, the "First World War"? I did not know that. I also did not know about one of its key battles, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. (US grade school history curricula do not spend a whole lot of time on Canada sad to say.) I've been finding out about this stuff over the last few days reading Jack Mitchell's work in progress Plains of Abraham -- Mitchell is a professor of Classics at Dalhousie and has come up with the inspired idea of reviving epic verse performance; in service of this he is composing an utterly mesmerizing epic poem about Wolfe's successful engagement of Montcalm. Mitchell toured Canada giving performances of the verse in 2005; I don't know if he has plans to repeat the tour but if he does, I hope I am able to attend one of his shows -- reading this out loud to myself I can just imagine how great it must be to hear in performance.

Update: as purplezart points out in comments, I have heard of the battle before, via Hark, A Vagrant, and forgotten. Katie's Death of Montcalm comic is more meaningful to me now...

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purplezart
Oct. 28th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
oh, durr.

so how could someone post here and not have heard of the battle of the plains of abraham..?
themodestokid
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
How embarrassing -- I think I am remembering now, reading a comic of hers that mentioned the battle, but not doing any further reading to figure out what she was talking about...

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