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Admiral Lord Nelson
Context and Legacy
Edited by David Cannadine
 
 
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08 Jun 2005
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Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was a colourful and complex character whose supremely successful naval career quickly attained legendary proportions. By 1803 he was Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the loss of an arm and blind in one eye. He returned to war and spent a further two years at sea before cementing his mythical status in death and victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Today, two centuries on, the 'immortal memory' of Nelson shows no sign of fading. In this book, leading historians and Nelson authorities provide a radical reappraisal of key aspects of his life and legacy: the seamanship and leadership on which his immediate fame was built; his relationships with friends, shipmates, women and the British public as a whole; the construction and commemoration of the Nelson legend; his international reputation and its evolution down the years. Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy sheds fresh light on this most studied of lives and provides timely new insights into an enduring icon.


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Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was a colourful and complex character whose supremely successful naval career quickly attained legendary proportions. By 1803 he was Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the loss of an arm and blind in one eye. He returned to war and spent a further two years at sea before cementing his mythical status in death and victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Today, two centuries on, the 'immortal memory' of Nelson shows no sign of fading. In this book, leading historians and Nelson authorities provide a radical reappraisal of key aspects of his life and legacy: the seamanship and leadership on which his immediate fame was built; his relationships with friends, shipmates, women and the British public as a whole; the construction and commemoration of the Nelson legend; his international reputation and its evolution down the years. Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy sheds fresh light on this most studied of lives and provides timely new insights into an enduring icon.


Reviews

Praise for History and the Media:

'interesting and illuminating essays on diverse aspects of this recent cultural and intellectual revolution [the flourishing of history in the media]. - The Sunday Telegraph

History made and in the making, and the time-loops it both creates and follows, prove endlessly fascinating in these writings.Financial Times Magazine

Praise for What is History Now?:

'At last, What is History? gets the successor it deserves...extremely readable and highly stimulating.' - Roy Porter

'...destined to become a must-have text for today's history students.' - Tristram Hunt, BBC History Magazine

'...he has assembled a distinguished team who convey, with spirit and lucidity, the scale and excitement of discovery that 40 years of specialization has produced.' - Blair Worden, Sunday Telegraph

'...should prove invaluable to graduate students and scholars...' - Claude Ury, History: Reviews of New Books

'Readers will find reliable and insightful information presented without recourse to jargon.' - E. A. Breisach, Choice
'A fresh look at the icon .. a thought-provoking book.' - John Crossland, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'All the essays in the Cannadine collection share the recognition that the Nelson legend itself is a topic for investigation. And like the best collected essays, a major effect of Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy will be in inspiring other historians to future work - and not just on Nelson. For this reason the work is relevant for students in areas beyond naval and British history.' - H-Net Reviews (H-Albion)


Contents

Introduction; D.Cannadine
Nelson's Predecessors; N.Rodger
Nelson and the Media; C.White
A Rage for Heroes: Nelson and the Naval Pantheon in St Paul's Cathedral; H.Hoock
Nelson's Legacy in the Navy; J.Hattendorf
Finding the Lady Nelson Letters; M.Downer
Nelson and the British Public; K.Wilson
Celebrating Trafalgar Day; J.Mackenzie


Authors

DAVID CANNADINE is Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of British History at the University of London. His many books include The Pleasures of the Past, History in Our Time, The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain and Ornamentalism: How the British Saw their Empire.