This is a beautifully produced book with some excellent illustration, much in full colour, from an author who is a leading specialist in his field, with a wealth of published titles on this part of naval history. It is fully up to the standard established by this author and this publisher. Highly recommended.
NAME: Nelson’s Victory, 250 Years of War and Peace
AUTHOR: Brian Lavery
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Nelson, legacy, war & peace, French Revolutionary War, Napoleonic War, naval commanders, tactics, strategy, technology, Age of Sail.
DESCRIPTION: This is a beautifully produced book with some excellent illustration, much in full colour, from an author who is a leading specialist in his field, with a wealth of published titles on this part of naval history. It is fully up to the standard established by this author and this publisher. Highly recommended.
HMS Victory was launched 250 years ago and was the product of Royal Navy experience that reached its height in the Seven Years War, the first global war, and the point when the Royal Navy established its dominance of naval power. Nelson was to underline this achievement two Centuries ago when he comprehensively defeated the combined navies of Spain and France. His time on HMS Victory was relatively short compared with his total sea time. Together they were to become immortal.
This book tells the full story of HMS Victory from her creation to her continuing role as the jewel in the crown of the naval heritage facility in Portsmouth. As a ship, she was no longer in her youth when she carried Nelson to Victory – and What a Victory! Her name could not have been more appropriately used. For a young commander to die in the moment of his Victory, on a ship named Victory, is something that the writer of thrilling fiction could not have credibly achieved. For man and ship it created the myths and realities of a victory that was to keep Britain safe for a hundred years and establish the Royal Navy as THE Navy.
Every naval professional and enthusiast will want to own a copy of this book, but the subject is such that a very much wider readership is promised. A book that does full honour to its twin subjects.