By D. Cannadine
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colorful and complicated personality, whose supremely profitable naval occupation quick attained mythical prestige. via 1803 he was once Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye. He again to battle whilst known as again in may well and spent yet another years at sea ahead of demise on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this present day, centuries after his loss of life, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this ebook, prime historians offer an intensive reappraisal of his lifestyles and instances.
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E. directed to each ship individually). Had the signal been obeyed it would have transformed victory into catastrophe, for Nelson's ships could only have withdrawn across the face of the undefeated northern defences, in front of which several of them subsequently ran aground when attempting this move after the cease-fire. Angry and agitated at his superior's folly, Nelson turned to his flag-captain and said 'You know, Foley, I have only one eye- and I have a right to be blind sometimes ... ', and, putting the telescope to his blind eye, 'I really do not see the signal'.
For aristocratic endorsement the Nelsons looked to the Walpoles at Houghton Hall, with whom they could claim a distant kinship, while in Northumberland the Davisons fostered a relationship with the powerful Percy family at Alnwick Castle. Meanwhile within their chosen careers Nelson could rely on the support of his uncle Maurice Suckling while Davison's early life in the City of London prospered under the careful supervision of the eminent trans-Atlantic fur trader Robert Hunter. Nelson and Davison viewed their patrons as 'friends' but not in the modern sense of mutually supportive friends chosen voluntarily.
He threw himself into all his undertakings with 'ardent, animated patriotism panting for glory'. 26 He was a stranger to half-measures, to reservations, to fears. Uninterested in appearances, he burnt with direct, uncompromising and entirely unfeigned zeal. Nervous, irritable, sometimes anguished and often ill with the strain of unsupported responsibility, he never tried to conceal his feelings. His vanity was as artless as the rest of his personality, and went with an inimitable magnanimity which rejoiced at the successes of his friends and lamented the misfortunes even of rivals like Hyde Parker and Calder who had treated him badly.
Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy by D. Cannadine