Heroes and Heroism of Trafalgar

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Heroes and Heroism of Trafalgar


THE Battle of Trafalgar was an event in British naval history which gripped the imagination of the nation like no other.

Trafalgar is associated with the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson, the greatest British hero of the early 19th century, but this vibrant history also examines the violence and the sacrifice of the time, as well as the eventual demise of French tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte some 16 years later.

This paperback volume examines the intensity of the battle, with author Adam Nicolson looking at the deeper currents that were running at the time.

He examines the concept of heroes and heroism, using Admiral Nelson as one of the greatest examples.

Nelson, a man of complexity and contradiction, is portrayed as an administrator of ships and men; a person with much humanity, charm and love, but also capable of expressing equal amounts of ruthlessness and ferocity. The admiral was a celebrity of his times, mobbed by fans in the streets of London in 1805, but was always wary of his own weakness. …

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