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"Captain Nelson is a little man who cannot boast of being handsome, but who will, in my view, one day astonish the world." So said Sir William Hamilton to his wife Emma, when Captain Nelson first sailed into Naples Bay in 1793. Even that shrewd Ambassador could hardly have guessed how great the "little man" would become. Superb seaman and strategist, born leader of men, savior of Britain from the menace of invasion by Napoleon, he won glory at the price of disfigurement, mutilation, and death at the moment of his crowning glory at the glorious Battle of Trafalgar. Brave as a lion in battle, his private character was of gentleness and charm that captivated all who knew him; a rare quality in a fighting man. His love for his mistress, the beautiful Emma Hamilton, was as passionate as his devotion to his country, and is an unforgettable part of his heroic story.

The part of Horatio Nelson is played by Edmund Pegge and the part of Emma Hamilton is played by Joanna Wake. Other parts are played by Michael Sheard and Robert Rietty.

©1976 Mollie Hardwick (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg

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History in a tea cup.

The presentation was excellent. The content was better than a quick Google search but the information provided is not for the serious student of history. If you need a quick understanding of Horatio, this is the book for you. But do not waste your time looking for something to use as a reference.

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  • 11-05-19

Disjointed and uninformative

His remarkable achievements are largely overlooked in favour of his love life and the battles he fought are covered in under a minute each.

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  • 09-03-20

Not recommended if you know the Napoleonic era

From the sample, I expected a far more detailed, historical, coverage of the 'Little Admiral', his career, service, battles, tactical innovation, this is froth, and too many musical "links", just a radio 4 'drive time ' programme. Narrator did his best, but not given much real detail to work with.

My fault, I should have noticed it was 57 minutes long, not 57 hours!
Wasted a credit and will avoid anything by this author in future. Right up there with the "Phantom Major" for lack of content.