Nelson and Napoleon: The Long Haul to Trafalgar

Nelson and Napoleon: The Long Haul to Trafalgar

by Christopher Lee (Author)


Trafalgar was a victory that would change the course of the Napoleonic wars and lead to the British Navy ruling the waves for more than a century. In Christopher Lee's book he looks not only at this final and decisive battle but also at the three battles that preceded it. Through these battles he paints a picture of the personalities and the intrigues that were operating, and particularly of the creation of a national hero in Horatio Nelson and his intense rivalry with Napoleon, who is reputed to have kept a bust of Nelson on his desk. The battle itself was nearly two years in the making, with Nelson scouring the Atlantic for the French fleet. In Lee's book the reader is taken on that journey with Nelson and his men. This is the story of life ashore and at sea, in silken boudoirs and blood-slimed gun decks. It is the biggest story in Britain's maritime history.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Publisher: Headline Review
Published: 01 May 2006

ISBN 10: 075531042X
ISBN 13: 9780755310425

Media Reviews
'Christopher Lee's vivid and painstaking account cuts through the folklore, replacing it with wonderful insights into early 19th-century Britain and Europe' -- DAILY EXPRESS 'This absorbing work... [creates] a rich picture of a pivotal moment in maritime history' -- THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Refreshingly iconoclastic' -- SOLDIER magazine 'Scholarly and well-researched... an indispensable book' -- NEWBURY WEEKLY NEWS 'A very interesting read' -- DEVON LIFE
Author Bio
Christopher Lee studied history at Cambridge University and subsequently joined the BBC where he became defence correspondent. In addition to his two previous books for Headline, 1603 and EIGHT BELLS AND TOP MASTS, he is the author of the highly acclaimed BBC book and radio series THIS SCEPTRED ISLE and has edited Churchill's HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLES.