Nelson Love and Fame Edgar Vincent
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- Publication date:
- 04 Mar 2003
- 656 pages: 238 x 165 x 57mm
- 20 b&w & 20 colour illus
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. This biography of Nelson (1758-1805) presents an account of his climb to fame as well as the 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 research and examines the extensive primary sources, seeking to enlarge our understanding of Nelson the man. He offers 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 Napoleonic counter-revolution. Vincent also analyses 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 18th century and the mother of his child.
Edgar Vincent entered the Royal Navy after graduating from Oxford and served briefly in the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Theseus. For many years he worked for ICI, was formerly Chairman of the Management Advisory Council of INSEAD Fontainebleau, and later 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.
"Nelson: Love and Fame has the potential to prove a great success, to be very popular indeed, and to establish itself as the fullest and best life of Nelson for a generation." Rory Muir, author of Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon