By D. Cannadine
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colourful and complicated personality, whose supremely winning naval occupation quick attained mythical prestige. through 1803 he was once Britain's paramount hero. Already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye, he back to warfare and spent another years at sea prior to death on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. during this booklet, prime historians supply an intensive reappraisal of his lifestyles and instances.
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Alongside the Corinthian column is a mason wearing an apron. II Their shared interest in freemasonry did not forge the friendship between Nelson and Davison but it did invisibly bind them together. It may also account for the otherwise often enigmatic character of a relationship that survived the acrimonious break-up of Nelson’s marriage in 1801 and Davison’s imprisonment for electoral corruption in 1804. Nelson’s contact with masonic culture also informed the loyalty he felt towards Nelson and His ‘Band of Brothers’ 37 other male friends and colleagues in his circle regardless of their oftenmanifold faults.
Each, for instance, had passed their childhoods in remote rural areas close to the sea – Nelson in Norfolk, Davison in Northumberland. Nelson’s connections with the Navy are well recorded yet Davison, too, was in close proximity to several naval families from a young age. 4 As sons, respectively, of a clergyman and a farmer, Nelson and Davison were products of the ‘middle gentry’, that mildly impoverished yet ambitious and upwardly mobile breed which was spreading rapidly across the country. In many material respects the interior life of the Davisons’ stone farmhouse in the Cheviot Hills would have closely resembled that of the Nelsons’ parsonage in Burnham Thorpe.