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Horatio Nelson

A Controversial Hero


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Horatio Nelson by Marianne Czisnik
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Marianne Czisnik illuminates the life and reputation of Britain's most famous admiral in a fresh and groundbreaking manner. Some of the most controversial aspects of his life and career are explored, such as his involvement in the defeat of the Neapolitan revolution and his notorious love affair with Lady Hamilton. Along the way, new research provides original insights into the character of this complex man and the way his image was developed by successive generations of biographers and naval historians. The second part traces how the figure of Nelson has evolved in the popular imagination during the two hundred years since his death. This includes an examination of imagery, propaganda and fiction, as well as treatments of the admiral from a French, Spanish and German perspective. In this distinctive contribution to Nelson literature, Czisnik expertly reveals how the real man has been obscured, distorted and misunderstood by those for whom the image was more important than the reality

Author Biography

Dr. Marianne Czisnik trained and practiced as a lawyer in Germany before researching aspects of Nelson's life, image and iconography at the University of Edinburgh. A leading Nelson scholar, she has published on a wide range of subjects related to Nelson.
Release date NZ
September 30th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Hodder Arnold
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