NELSON - TRAFALGAR

MEN OF HONOUR

Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero

 

MEN OF HONOUR

Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero

A small photograph showing the condition and general appearance of "MEN OF HONOUR" by Adam Nicolson

In Men of Honour, Adam Nicolson takes the Battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence an essential aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn’t for two hundred years?

HarperCollinsPublishers, London
1st. edition

ISBN: 0 00719209 6

Available in Hard-cover

Book Condition:

A green cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine in FINE condition - no marks or inscriptions. Dust wrapper in a protective sleeve is complete and in FINE condition. A perfect copy.

n.b. The images of this book show some spurious reflections as they were made with the protective sleeve on - the wrapper is perfect!

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Book Details:

224 pages.

200 mm x 250 mm x 23 mm.

Weight unwrapped 900 grm. - weight wrapped for postage >1000 grm.

 

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MEN OF HONOUR
Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero

by Adam Nicolson

A small photograph of "The Wonder Book of the Navy" showing the condition and general appearance.

In Men of Honour, Adam Nicolson takes the Battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence an essential aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn’t for two hundred years? Was the figure of Nelson – charming, impetuous, considerate, indifferent to death and danger, inspirational to those around him and above all fixed on attack and victory – an aberration in Enlightenment England? Or was the greatest of all English military heroes the product of his time, ‘the conjuror of violence’ which England at some level deeply required?
In this wide ranging book, wallpaper and haircuts, poetry and painting, love, tax and factories, manners, manliness, and medievalism are all brought to bear on the cusp of two worlds. The fleets of 1805 were drenched in hope and anxiety and, drawing on many unpublished documents, Adam Nicolson looks for the roots of heroism in the burgeoning entrepreneurial culture of eighteenth century England, where the sheer hunger for success drove the British fleet to a level of aggression which their enemies could not match.

It is a story rich with modern resonance. This was a battle fought for the control of the global commercial empire. It was won by the emerging uni-polar world power, which liked to think of itself as the new Rome but was widely condemned on the continent of Europe as ‘the arrogant usurper of the freedom of the seas’. Men of Honour not only vividly describes the brutal realities of battle, but enters the hearts and minds of the men who were there: it is a portrait of a moment, a close and passionately engaged depiction of a frame of mind at a turning point in world history.

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This pages background image has been adapted from the dust wrapper of Christopher Lloyd’s St. Vincent and Camperdown
which is from a print by A. W. Reeve, after W. R. Thomas, of Nelson boarding
the `San Nicolas' at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent.