In this coloful, absorbing tale of Nelson’s life on and off the high seas, Hibbert illuminates the admiral’s personality, his personal and political friendships, his relationship with Sir William Hamilton, and his passionate love affair with Hamilton’s wife, the beautiful Lady Emma, daughter of a blacksmith and once a London prostitute. Whether quarreling with royalty, woo
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If you’re British you already know the story, but if you’re unfamiliar, Nelson: a Personal History is a great place to get a general overview.
For Americans like me, you might think of Lord Horatio Nelson the way you think of George Washington. In fact, if England allowed their leaders to be elected by popular vote, I have no doubt Nelson would’ve been made King. His meteoric rise through harrowing, gallant military service puts him in a rarified pantheon of mortal heroes.
Mortal, indeed. Nelson