In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson

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The greatest victories from the British Navy's golden age, told through never-before-seen letters from the officers themselves.

When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches from seven major fleet battles—The Glorious First of June (1794), St Vincent (1797), Camperdown (1797), The Nile (1798), Copenhagen (1801), Trafalgar (1805), and San Domingo (1806)—should be gathered together and presented to the nation. These letters, written by Britain's admirals, captains, surgeons, and boatswains and sent back home in the midst of conflict, were bound in an immense volume, to be admired as a jewel of British history.

Sam Willis, one of Britain's finest naval historians, stumbled on this collection by chance in the British Library in 2010 and soon found that only a handful of people knew of its existence. Willis here shapes that material into wonderful character portraits of the commanders on both sides, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. He also provides concise and illuminating explanations of the convoluted political circumstances surrounding each battle as he expertly reinterprets these key engagements in extraordinary and revelatory detail.

A beautifully dramatic narrative, In the Hour of Victory tells the story of these naval triumphs as never before and allows us to hear once more the officer's voices as they describe the battles that made Britain great.

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Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian and archaeologist, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is the author of the bestselling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships series.

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A rising British naval historian has assembled from an underused primary source—the after-battle dispatches of the British admirals—a thoroughly absorbing account of the seven great fleet actions of the Napoleonic Wars. The prominence of Nelson is inevitable, as he commanded in three of them and was important in a fourth. But the author also does justice to less iconic figures such as John Jervis (Earl St. Vincent) and the almost forgotten Sir John Duckworth. He even has a good word for the fighting spirit of William Bligh, of Bounty notoriety. Framing the dispatches are excellent narrative passages, well furnished with both statistics and analysis, and brief notes on such subjects as the fate of the wounded (not pleasant reading), navigational instruments, signals, and lightning rods on the mastheads. The book is altogether a feast for the serious student of the Age of Sail and so gracefully written as to be surprisingly accessible to the new reader. --Roland Green

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