(ed.), Nelson – The New Letters
Description: Nelson was a prolific letter-writer, sometimes writing an average of 10 letters every day. Until recently it was believed that most of those letters had been published. However, during his five-year Nelson Letter Project, Colin White uncovered around 1,200 new or unpublished letters. This book presents over five hundred of these, dating from 1777-1805, which together form a narrative of Nelson's life and career in his own vivid words. Of the letters published, both private and official, all are fully annotated. This volume gives new insight into Nelson's handling of intelligence information, his network of professional contacts, his relationship with Emma Hamilton, his concern with his public image, and accounts of battles and diplomatic negotiations.
Of particular interest to the Nelson and Napoleon enthusiast alike are: Nelson's detailed orders for the Trafalgar and Nile campaigns, the Battle of Copenhagen and the 1801 anti-invasion campaign. Newly-discovered private correspondence includes letters to the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV), the King and Queen of Naples, Prime Minister Addington, Nelson's brother the Reverend William Nelson, and, perhaps of most interest, his letters to Emma Hamilton, which are often passionate and touchingly romantic.
Volume to come out on 14 April.
Colin White is one of Britain's leading Nelson scholars and author notably of The Nelson Encylopedia.
Place and publisher: London: The Boydell Press
Date of publication: 2005
Number of pages: 560
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"...'One of the lancers rode by, and stabbed me in the back with his lance. I then turned, and lay with my face upward, and a foot soldier stabbed me with his sword as he walked by. Immediately after, another, with his firelock and bayonet, gave me a terrible plunge, and while doing it with all his might, exclaimed, "Sacré nom de Dieu!" '
'Charge! Charge the guns!' shouted Colonel Hamilton, who was last seen galloping through the Grand Battery 'going at full speed, with the bridle-reins between his teeth', according to one witness, 'after he had lost his hands'.
'There was nothing to be heard but the clashing of swords and bayonets, and the cries of the dying and wounded.'
The battle of Waterloo had all the drama and brutality of a nineteenth-century bare-knuckle prize fight. It was a vicious fight to the finish between two evenly matched opponents. In 24 Hours at Waterloo, using a plethora of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, letters and diaries, Robert Kershaw reveals the soldier's view of this iconic battle: how they felt, what they saw, what they smelt and what they heard enduring this epic confrontation on Sunday 18 June 1815. Visceral and raw, this is Waterloo as you've never experienced it before."
Place and publisher: London: W H Allen
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 448
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