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Horatio Nelson is Britain’s greatest naval hero; Trafalgar, in 1805, her greatest naval victory. Nelson and Napoleon, first published in 2005, is the story of how Britannia came to rule the waves for more than a hundred years.
Christopher Lee re-examines the myths of Trafalgar, plotting Napoleon’s overweening ambition to invade England and Nelson’s single-minded dedication to seeking glory. He shows how Villeneuve had worked out Nelson’s famous plan of attack, and demonstrates how the battle could easily have turned the other way. Lee also paints a vivid picture of the protagonists: particularly of the creation of a national hero in Nelson and his intense rivalry with Napoleon.
‘Christopher Lee’s vivid and painstaking account cuts through the folklore, replacing it with wonderful insights into early nineteenth-century Britain and Europe.’ Daily Express
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