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Connell Guide - Horatio Nelson

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Horatio Nelson (Connell Guide, 2017)

This ninety-page study guide of Nelson’s life is designed as an introduction to the admiral himself and to the complex times in which he lived. It is one of a number of new history titles published in a series to accompany the well-established English Literature guides which have been published by Jolyon Connell since 2010.

Instead of orthodox chapters, it asks eleven questions. Here are four examples: How did Nelson achieve such rapid promotion in the navy? Why was he so criticised for his behaviour in Naples in 1799? Did he trick the Danes at Copenhagen? Why was his victory at Trafalgar so important? Short, dispassionate answers to all the questions form the basis of the text.

It also features succinct summaries on allied subjects, with pen pictures of those who were important to him. There is a chronology, a short history of biographies on Nelson and a critical bibliography of current scholarship.

Horatio Nelson is based on the research which went into The Pursuit of Victory, Roger Knight’s major biography of 2005, with its conclusions brought up to date in the light of recent scholarship.


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