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By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson used to be a colourful and complicated personality, whose supremely profitable naval occupation speedy attained mythical prestige. through 1803 he used to be Britain's paramount hero. Already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye, he back to warfare and spent one more years at sea ahead of death on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. during this ebook, top historians offer a thorough reappraisal of his existence and instances.

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For this he was subsequently reproved by the Admiralty. No other officer would have got off so lightly, for he was in no position to judge of the strategic situation, and his refusal to concentrate as ordered left the fleet open to defeat in detail. At the same time Nelson was deeply involved in the internal affairs of the Two Sicilies. Royalist rebellion, assisted by Russian and Turkish troops and British ships, had overthrown the French puppet republic in Naples, and Nelson, once more guided by the Hamiltons, played a part in the restoration of royal authority which subsequently allowed his enemies to represent him as bloodthirsty and vindictive.

The Danes eventually agreed to fourteen, having heard (some time before the British did) of the murder of Tsar Paul and correctly guessing that Russian policy might change. After the battle Nelson, physically and emotionally exhausted, and convinced that further fighting was unlikely, was preparing to return to England on sick leave when on 5 May Parker received orders to hand over his command to Nelson and himself return to England. The arrival of unofficial accounts of the battle soon after Parker’s dispatches had convinced ministers that he had to be replaced at once, and revived their confidence in Nelson.

239. 18. Logs of the Great Sea Fights, 1794–1805, ed. T. Sturges Jackson (Navy Records Society vols 16 & 18, 1899–1900), II,196, quoting Lt. George Brown of the Victory. 19. W. B. Admiral of the Red (London, 1919, 2 vols), I,240. 20. Diaries and Correspondence of James Harris, First Earl of Malmesbury, ed. [James Harris] 3rd Earl of Malmesbury (London, 1844, 4 vols), IV,311. 21. [Jane] Lady Bourchier, Memoir of the Late Admiral Sir Edward Codrington (London, 1873, 2 vols), I,47. 22. Nicolas, Dispatches, VII,71.

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