Complex, talented and flawed, Horatio Nelson was probably the greatest admiral of all time. Famous above all for his brilliant defeat of the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar in 1805, he was driven by a continuous sense of not being appreciated. But he also had an extraordinary self-belief; if he thought his way was better he would have no hesitation in breaking rules or conventions. There are many myths about Nelson: each country and generation has used his memory for it’s own purposes. In this short guide, Roger Knight offers a dispassionate view of the man and his achievements.
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