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20 French fleets defeated by Napoleon’s arch rival, Britain’s Admiral Nelson


The life of Nelson

2 vols. London, 1813.


 The Life of Nelson is a biography of Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) by the British “Lake Poet” Robert Southey (1774-1843), who went on to become England’s poet laureate. Southey was not only an accomplished poet but an active historian and author of biographies. His biography of Nelson was published eight years after the admiral’s death, and the information it contains about Nelson is considered particularly reliable.
 Southey’s biography describes how Nelson joined the Royal Navy at the age of 12 and rose to the rank of admiral, losing both his right eye and his right arm as he served his country in numerous naval engagements. The author provides particularly vivid descriptions of Nelson's battles with the French fleet in Abu Qir Bay to defeat Napoleon's Egyptian expeditionary army in 1798, and his defeat of the combined French and Spanish fleets in Trafalgar Bay (1805), when Nelson himself was mortally wounded. This work contributed to the heroic image of Nelson that has been handed down across the generations, and it is the most respected of all the Nelson biographies.
                            (17×11cm×2 vols.)

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