was the hero who, at a defining moment in British history, won a
brilliant victory and paid for it with his life.
As Britain commemorates the bicentenary of both an extraordinary
victory and the death of its first popular hero, a new book has
been published which argues that Nelson was a genius, who
transformed naval warfare and who’s extraordinary leadership
abilities can teach us many things today.
Professor Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval history at
King’s College London has written a biography which takes a
quote from Lord Byron as its title “Nelson, Britannia’s
God of War”. In it he argues that Nelson was the complete
warrior, with a grasp of tactics that transformed the way naval
battles were conducted, and the courage and leadership skills to
inspire loyalty not just among his followers, but upon a nation
that took him to their hearts as the first great popular hero of
the industrial age.
This story will feature footage of some of the recent
bicentenary celebrations, including a broadside from HMS Victory
and the re-enactment of the funeral flotilla that took Nelson from
The Royal Naval College at Greenwich to his final resting place at
St Paul’s Cathedral.
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