Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy by D. Cannadine

By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colorful and complicated personality, whose supremely profitable naval profession speedy attained mythical prestige. by means of 1803 he used to be Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye. He back to conflict while referred to as again in might and spent another years at sea ahead of loss of life on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this day, centuries after his loss of life, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this booklet, major historians supply a thorough reappraisal of his lifestyles and instances.

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Fortunately for his career, Nelson was intercepted on the quay by Davison who was able to dissuade his new young friend from taking such a calamitous step. The incident left such an impression on Davison- who had suffered youthful rejection by a sweetheart himself - that he specifically recalled it after Nelson's death. And although Nelson never mentioned it himself, the memory of Davison's timely intervention in such a sensitive matter may have informed his later decision to employ his friend in the unpleasant business of separating from his wife Fanny.

399. 9. Nicolas, Dispatches, III,230. 10. , 49. 11. Brian Lavery, Nelson and the Nile: The Naval War against Bonaparte 1798 (London: Chatham, 1998), pp. 155-6. 12. Nina [Kynynmound] Countess of Minto, Life and Letters of Sir Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto (London, 1874, 3 vols), III,363. 13. 'Miscellaneous Letters', in The Naval Miscellany Vol. I, ed. K. Laughton (Navy Records Society vol. 20, 1902), pp. 387-444, at p. 424. 14. lxi. 15. The Private Correspondence of Admiral Lord Collingwood, ed.

So compelling was the prevailing instinct to ritualise fraternal bonds forged in war that barely twenty-four hours after the battle the 'band of brothers' instituted the elite 'Egyptian Club'. With its rules and designated meeting place (though it seems to have only met once), the Egyptian Club mimicked the freemasons and other friendly societies with which the captains were familiar. Back in London, Davison was given the task of organising a deluxe gold and bejewelled presentation sword with its hilt designed as a crocodile for the members of the club to present to Nelson.

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