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By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colourful and intricate personality, whose supremely winning naval profession fast attained mythical prestige. by means of 1803 he used to be Britain's paramount hero. Already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye, he lower back to struggle and spent one more years at sea sooner than demise on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. during this booklet, best historians supply an intensive reappraisal of his existence and instances.

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Yet the full significance of Davison’s gift is only revealed by examining the complicated iconography decorating the tableaux on the reverse of the coolers. These were painted with images symbolic of Nelson’s victory off the coast of Egypt, such as a flag draped cannon, a pyramid, palm trees and a sphinx. Yet on close inspection several discrepancies become apparent in the iconography, notably the prominent display of a Roman Corinthian column at the heart of the ostensibly Egyptian landscape. The key to this mystery is, however, literally staring the viewer in the face.

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. Edward Hughes (Navy Records Society vol. 98, 1957), p. 130. 16. Nicolas, Dispatches, VII,241. 17. , 239. 18. Logs of the Great Sea Fights, 1794–1805, ed.

With Bonaparte and his insatiable ambitions eliminated, Europe might have been spared another fifteen years of destructive war, and France might never have been driven from the ranks of the great powers. It was a momentous night, a real crux in history which might have had very different results if the flagship had only taken the same seamanlike precautions as the other ships in company. The obvious person to blame is Berry, but this does not wholly absolve Nelson, for an admiral of his day was expected to interfere as necessary in the management of his flagship.

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