Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Mr. Edgar Vincent
Love & Fame The story of Horatio Nelson's life his naval glory, public fame, charismatic leadership, scandalous romance, and untimely death as he led the British to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar has ensured his enduring position as England's favourite hero. This engaging, full-length biography of Nelson (1758-1805) presents a gripping account of his climb to fame as well as the fascinating details of his personal and emotional life. A man of contradictions, Nelson emerges in this biography as a ruthless and aggressive leader, the epitome of a fighting commander; an ambitious attention-seeker capable of self-pity, self-delusion, and childish behaviour; yet to be admired for his transcendent courage, kindness and leadership skills, which inspired love and affection in those he led.
Edgar Vincent builds on the latest research and brings a sharp and penetrating eye to bear on the extensive primary sources on which his book is based, and enlarges our understanding of Nelson the man. The author offers new interpretations of Nelson's victories to illustrate his grasp of today's concept of mission-command two centuries ahead of his time; his disobedience of his Commander-in-Chief's orders; and his part in the bloody and chaotic Neapolitan counter-revolution. Vincent also analyzes the motives and attitudes of key figures who surrounded him, among them Earl Spencer, Earl St Vincent, Sir William Hamilton, and Thomas Troubridge. Interwoven with the events of Nelson's career is his emotional journey, his early infatuations, his courtship and marriage with Frances Nisbet, and his all-consuming affair with his mistress Lady Hamilton, one of the most celebrated beauties of the eighteenth century and the mother of his child. Captured on these pages in all his vigour and complexity, Nelson is as charismatic a figure today as he was nearly two hundred years ago. Edgar Vincent entered the Royal Navy after graduating from Oxford and served briefly in the aircraft carrier H. M. S. Theseus, a namesake of the 74-gun ship-of-the-line that fought at the Battle of the Nile. For many years he worked for ID, and later as a head-hunter and management consultant.
A lifetime student of Nelson, Vincent is a member of the Society for Nautical Research, the Navy Records Society, the 1805 Club and the Nelson Society. Jacket illustrations: Front: Lemuel Francis Abbott, Horatio Nelson (detail), 1797. National Portrait Gallery, London. Back: Details of portraits of Emma Hamilton by George Romney, National Portrait Gallery, London; Sir William Hamilton by George Romney, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Horatio Nelson by Heinrich Fuger, National Portrait Gallery, London. Printed in Great Britain
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