The Fleet Street journalist Tom Pocock was among the best recorders of Lord Nelson’s heroic status.
Valiant yet vulnerable, Nelson has fascinated for two centuries. He continues to be the subject of books, paintings, plays. . . . He can seem a contemporary and it requires no great leap of the imagination to think of him being interviewed on television.Read more
Towards the end of 1812 there’s a key passage. It contains a response by the Duke of Wellington to his prime minister’s suggestion that he go to Canada and take over the land war along the Canada-U.S. border. At that point Wellington had demonstrated his skills in the field in the Peninsula war against Napoleon’s army, and the War of 1812 had been dragging on for two years. His response went to a critical strategic point:Read more
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