Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy by D. Cannadine

By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colorful and complicated personality, whose supremely winning naval profession quick attained mythical prestige. through 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 conflict whilst known as again in could and spent one other years at sea prior to death on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this present day, centuries after his dying, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this e-book, prime historians offer a thorough reappraisal of his lifestyles and instances.

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The key to this mystery is, however, literally staring the viewer in the face. Alongside the Corinthian column is a mason wearing an apron. II Their shared interest in freemasonry did not forge the friendship between Nelson and Davison but it did invisibly bind them together. It may also account for the otherwise often enigmatic character of a relationship that survived the acrimonious break-up of Nelson's marriage in 1801 and Davison's imprisonment for electoral corruption in 1804. Nelson's contact with masonic culture also informed the loyalty he felt towards Nelson and His 'Band of Brothers' 3 7 other male friends and colleagues in his circle regardless of their oftenmanifold faults.

16 Unfortunately Fanny does not describe the exact nature of her gift beyond describing 'the devices' decorating it as 'elegant'. In the letter Fanny also reveals how, after she received Davison's lavish present, she passed a happy day with her fatherin-law Edmund Nelson: 'in admiring them and disposing of them in various parts of the room'- terms which accord with an attempt to find the best position to display the coolers. And she cheerfully complained that Davison's generosity had unintended consequences for 'one expense brings on others for I shall exert my judgement in forming a plan for something quite out of the ordinary for them to stand on'.

Yet even in extremis Davison did not neglect the material needs of his 'dear friend' who was seeking funds to improve Merton Place, the house the admiral shared in Surrey with his mistress, Emma Hamilton. 'Command the purse of your ever unalterably affectionate friend', Davison had written without hesitation and with no certainty of being repaid. 2 Although Nelson only needed a few thousand pounds- small beer to a man like Davison who estimated his fortune at £300,000 3 - his agent's casual offer of financial assistance was material proof of the deep well of affection that existed between the two men in the last years of the admiral's life.

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