The most comprehensive and thoroughly researched account ever written of Horatio Nelson’s early career and rise to prominence — it is certain to become the benchmark book on Nelson.
There have been numerous biographies of Nelson, but most fail to penetrate the mythology encrusting Britain’s greatest naval hero. John Sugden has examined thousands of naval, military, diplomatic and personal documents. He has ruthlessly stripped away the legends and brilliantly reconstructed Nelson’s private and public life.
Nelson: A Dream of Glory charts the period of Nelson’s career most neglected by earlier writers — from childhood to his debut as a public hero after the victory against the Spanish fleet at Cape St. Vincent, when he became an admiral and stood on the verge of international fame.
Dealing with every facet of Nelson’s life — the man, the naval officer and the Georgian — John Sugden offers the only full account of his early voyages and the first complete analysis of the formative incidents in his career including his conflict with civil and naval superiors in the West Indies, his campaigns in Corsica and his service as a commodore in the Mediterranean. Throughout there are revealing discoveries about his relationships with his family, patrons, officers and also, with his women.
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John Sugden is an author and lecturer and holds several degrees. He has pursued historical research in archives throughout Britain and North America. His books include biographies of Sir Francis Drake and Tecumseh. He is a member of the Society for Nautical Research.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. :
The flagship was the farthest out, and it was probably a little after three in the morning when her watch heard a voice hailing them out of the night. Josiah's boat came alongside with the wounded admiral, and the men began to lower a chair. Nelson would not hear of it. "No," he said, "I have yet my legs and one arm," and in saying so he used a rope to struggle up the side unaided. William Hoste was aghast when he saw "the man whom I may say has been a second father to me," climbing onto the deck, "his right arm dangling by his side." Yet he showed "a spirit that astonished everyone" and "told the surgeon to get his instruments ready, for he knew he most certainly would lose his arm, and that the sooner it was off the better."
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Description du livre Jonathan Cape, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P11022406097X