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Nelson: The Sword of Albion [Kindle Edition]

John Sugden
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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The Sword of Albion concludes the most comprehensive and intimate life of Nelson ever written, one that teems with a glittering array of sailors and civilians, heroes and villains, husbands, wives and lovers.



Here are Nelson's famous victories at the battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar as well as his lesser-known yet equally gripping campaigns. But behind the military prowess is a man riven with paradoxes and schisms: the fighting admiral and the glory-hunter, the national hero and the indigent commoner, the family man and the adulterer.



This is an epic, triumphant and tragic life, and a masterpiece of the biographer's art.


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"An absolutely excellent book. Every bit is beautifully judged" (William Leith Evening Standard)

"Sweeping, thrilling and psychologically acute, this second volume in John Sugden’s biography will hardly be bettered...this book is a monumental achievement. Some readers may be daunted by its length, but the investment of time and effort is unquestionably worth it... It is a tribute to Sugden’s skill that as Nelson lies stricken below desks, gasping for air, blood pouring into his chest, his officers biting back the tears and Hardy desperately wringing his hand, you pray that somehow, against all sense and reason, England’s greatest hero might just pull through" (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)

"The Last eight years of his [Nelson’s] life dealt with in thrilling, monumental detail" (Sunday Times)

"There isn’t the slightest hint of modishness in Sugden’s study, which not only has all the old-fashioned scholarly virtues but is also, in the time-honoured tradition of naval history, a thumping good read" (Scotsman)

"John Sugden’s utterly epic Nelson: The Sword of Albion is the longest, richest, most absorbing biography I’ve ever read… Sugden’s book is of Tolstoyan dimensions" (Roger Lewis Daily Mail)

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Undoubtedly the most comprehensive and intimate biography of Nelson ever written, The Sword of Albion encompasses the high dramas of the Battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3598 KB
  • Print Length: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CYIGVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 29 April 2014
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Together with the first part, “A Dream of Glory", this two volume biography of Nelson by Dr Sugden is unlikely to be surpasses as it is both well written and authoritative. Dr Sugden gives sources for all of his contentions, and differentiates between provable facts and likely probabilities. Both volumes give life to Nelson as a man, rather than simply as an Admiral, and might well be of interest to someone who is interested in the social, rather than the military History of the period. Others have used superlatives to describe these volumes and I can only echo these sentiments. My only personal quibble, and it is a personal quibble, is that I would have liked to have seen a little more of Nelson's friendship with Collingwood. If you only read one biography of Nelson, this has to be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 26 July 2014
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Like the famous warship, this biography triumphs. The build up to Trafalgar is particularly well written; real tension before battle, then the explosive action with no sparing of horrific detail, finally great pathos in the description of Nelson's death. Masterly from beginning to end, throughout two hefty volumes.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding scholarship 1 Nov. 2012
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This second volume of John Sugden's biography of Nelson does not disappoint. After impatiently waiting for its publication, John Sugden's scholarship once again, brings Nelson alive and shows us, warts and all,
the man who was perhaps Britain's greatest warrior. It's essential reading for children of a certain age and adults alike if we are to understand our nation's history and appreciate the horrors and grimness of armed conflict
to which we resort when threatened with conquest.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite quite outstanding 9 Nov. 2012
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Having waited 8 years for the second volume, I have astonished at the quality and detail of the scholarship shown here. I haven't finished the book yet (it is many hundreds of pages long) but what I have read makes it one of the best biographies I have ever read. It is not a military history so don't expect details of battles except where they pertain to Nelson himself. Quite brilliant. One tiny tiny quibble: the notes and references are dreadful to use when compared with Vol 1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful, it will take over your life! 30 April 2015
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Quite possibly the greatest book ever written. OK maybe that's over doing it, but this is truly a magnificent work. 1000 pages of illumination. I thought I knew the essential facts of the man. I knew nothing, and the reality is so much more than the myth.

I bought the hardback after reading the e-book, just so I could hold it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be Wowed 8 Mar. 2013
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I am reading this book, having read John Sugden's previous book - NELSON A Dream of Glory. The first was brilliant and this one is no less inspiring. It is well written and easy to understand, with maps showing the where and when of battles. There are also several illustrations of various people who played an important part in Nelson's life, together with such written detail that I am filled with awe and respect for the amount of research that must have gone into this tome. It truly shows the man as well as the Admiral and both books must be the most informative and comprehensive ever written about Nelson. If you want a warts and all read and to really get to know Nelson then these two are in a league of their own.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A biography worthy of it's subject 1 Nov. 2012
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Exceedingly well researched,Dr Sugden gives you an impartial view of his subject.The writing has a terrific pace about it,suitable to the man of action it portrays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 27 Mar. 2014
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If you read just one biographer of Nelson then it has to be Dr John Sugden. Quite simply this is the summit of scholarship and readability combined.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Amazing read, Dr Sugden is an outstanding authour
Published 2 months ago by Aaron Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband really enjoyed this as he is a fan of Nelson
Published 4 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a book
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Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Horatio Nelson's life
This was bought as a gift for my wife who found the first book "a dream of glory" a fascinating story, and thoroughly enjoyed it as she did this.
Published 5 months ago by john mcculloch
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good, scholarly appraisal of Nelson's early career that makes sense of his later actions and achievements.
Published 7 months ago by Katherine Jessel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots to read, very interesting.
Published 9 months ago by Gerald Raymond Lafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My husband says he enjoyed this book.
Published 11 months ago by GJM
4.0 out of 5 stars Nelson and his battles
Previous views are accurate. I very much enjoyed the first volume, long and detailed as it is. Nonetheless it gives an intriguing glimpse of life at the time, at least from the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Having read the part 1 of Mr. Sugden's Nelson already, this book is excellent as well. Detailed, well researched, easy to read.
Published 16 months ago by ERCAN ARGUNHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, re-read and read again!
I bought this book for my father, who enjoyed I immensely. There is so much information he has read it several times.
Published 16 months ago by Xrat
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