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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 13 January 2018
I knew a bit about Collingwood already, but this helped to further open my eyes to a perfect gentleman who had so much compassion for his fellow man; irrespective of rank
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on 23 January 2016
Terrific book - or so my Son has told me.
My son is crazy about history, and British Naval history in particular.
He loved this book about this unsung hero of yesteryear.
Highly recommended.
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on 16 March 2013
I read this after reading a Nelson biography,and it is a bit sad for dear old 'Coll' as Nelson used to call him,that a great part of this man's biography is taken up by Nelson...effectively leaving him in the shadow again.
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on 30 August 2016
The reason that this book is a quite brilliant account of Collingwood’s life has a great deal to do with the two very clear connections with his subject that the author has.
Firstly the author’s close interest in his remarkable ancestor Admiral Sir John Orde a contemporary of Collingwood has I believe, fuelled a lifelong interest in and connection to the life and times of the Georgian navy.
Secondly, the author has spent his life in Northumberland, he knows Northumberland and its people intimately. Collingwood was born, was educated and lived in Northumberland. Indeed he married into another eminent Northumbrian family. These Northumbrian connections are able to be traced to the people and places of Northumberland today in a way that would not be possible for any other historian.
That so many of the crew of the Royal Sovereign were from Newcastle and that they, led by the Admiral they knew and respected played such a pivotal role in the most important naval battle in the history of England should be a source of great pride to the North East.
I wholeheartedly recommend this superb book.
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on 11 January 2016
A most excellent addition to the, sadly too modest, body of military history regarding the life and times of one of Britain's truly great naval commanders.

Both of and by a north-man; with an empathy that clearly derives from an understanding of that land a clarity of language and an absolute command of the subject.

The narrative brings the great Cuthbert Collingwood to life, setting his life in the context of the rigours of a naval career spent almost uniquely aboard-ship (at a time when Britannia's grasp of maritime warfare, tactics and technology was second to none), in the thick of the great battles that defined that century and described in a text interspersed with first hand accounts or writings of the time that add real colour and context. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative work.
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on 4 February 2009
This delightfully written little book tracks the life of this great man who lived in the shadow of his great lifelong friend Lord Nelson without envy. It is a must for anyone remotely interested in our naval history. The author records a lfe of selfless service to his country during which he brought the art of naval gunnery to a level unknown before and set a standard which became the bellwether for generations of future gunnery officers. Those amongst our current servicemen who complain about the length of a 6 month detachment away from their families would do well to read this book and learn how the selfless devotion to duty of men like Collingwood who were parted from their families for years at a time changed the course of European and World history. A great read about a great man. For those less interested in naval history the book is a fascinating record of the role of Northumbrian families in the story of the Royal Navy.
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