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Nelson : love & fame

Author: Edgar Vincent
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story of Horatio Nelson's life - his naval glory, public fame, charismatic leadership, scandalous romance, and untimely death as he led the British to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar - has ensured his enduring position as England's favourite hero. This engaging, full-length biography of Nelson (1758-1805) presents a gripping account of his climb to fame as well as the fascinating details of his personal and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Naval history
Named Person: Horatio Nelson Nelson, Viscount; Frances Nelson, Lady; Emma Hamilton, Lady; Horatio Nelson Nelson, Viscount.; Frances Nelson Nelson, Viscountess; Emma Hamilton, Lady; Frances Nelson, Lady; Horatio Nelson Nelson, Viscount
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edgar Vincent
ISBN: 0300097972 9780300097979 9780300102604 0300102607
OCLC Number: 50604829
Awards: Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2003.
Shortlisted for BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2003.
Description: xiii, 640 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Foundations for life --
Captain Suckling's legacy --
Five frustrating years --
Trying to get noticed --
Black marks and on the beach --
Melpomene, Minerve, La Fortune --
'Totally neglected' --
'My disposition can't bear tame and slow measures' --
'It is active young men that are wanted, not drones' --
Into the limelight --
Hubris --
The Admirality dips for Nelson --
The hero ascends --
The Nile --
Hero meets heroine --
Disappointments dilemmas and disharmony --
Neapolitan affairs --
Soulmates --
Public fame and private pain --
Bitter-sweet emotions --
Copenhagen --
Phoney war --
Fame without fortune --
Commander-in-chief --
Waiting --
French diversions --
Dame Fortune's last favour.
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"Easily the best biography of Nelson I've ever read, a superb, fully rigged 74-gun ship of a book."-Andrew Roberts "Nelson: Love and Fame has the potential to prove a great success, to be very Read more...

 
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