By D. Cannadine
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson used to be a colorful and complicated personality, whose supremely profitable naval profession quick attained mythical prestige. by means of 1803 he was once Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye. He back to battle while referred to as again in may possibly and spent an additional years at sea earlier than demise on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this present day, centuries after his demise, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this publication, top historians supply a thorough reappraisal of his lifestyles and instances.
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Firing began about noon, and the battle was virtually over by about five o'clock, with seventeen prizes in British hands, and another burnt. lSpm, as he walked the quarterdeck with his flag-captain, Thomas Masterman Hardy, Nelson was hit by a musket-ball fired from the mizzen-top of the French Redoutable alongside. The ball entered his left shoulder, passed through a lung and lodged in his spine. It seems unlikely that it was aimed specifically at him; the quarterdeck was crowded and he cannot have been clearly visible through the dense smoke of battle even at twenty yards, nor was a musket accurate at such a range, especially fired from aloft in a rolling ship.
Not only was he sensitive to charges of nepotism - an accusation that could harm his growing reputation- but he was also alert to the shift in official attitude towards Navy Office employees moonlighting as prize agents. Yet there was one further compelling reason why Nelson chose Davison for this prestigious and lucrative job, the roots to which can be traced to their meeting in Quebec fifteen years earlier. This was a reason, moreover, which had remained hidden to biographers of Nelson until the recent discovery of Davison's collection of papers and artefacts.
Only five of his twenty-seven ships of the line had formed part of the Mediterranean Fleet under his command during the previous two years, and only eight of the captains had ever served with him before. Most of them knew him only by reputation, but he knew how to reach out to officers who knew him little or not at all. ' 19 'He added to genius, valour, and energy, the singular power of electrifying all within his atmosphere, and making them only minor Nelson and the British Navy 27 constellations to this most luminous planet ...