Seize the fire: heroism, duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar

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In Seize the Fire, Adam Nicolson, author of the widely acclaimed God's Secretaries, takes the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in October 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence a necessary aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn't for two hundred years? Was the figure of Nelson--intemperate, charming, theatrical, anxious, impetuous, considerate, indifferent to death and danger, inspirational to those around him, and, above all, fixed on attack and victory--an aberration in Enlightenment England? Or was the greatest of all English military heroes simply the product of his time, "the conjurer of violence" that England, at some level, deeply needed?

It is a story rich with modern resonance. This was a battle fought for the control of a global commercial empire. It was won by the emerging British world power, which was widely condemned on the continent of Europe as "the arrogant usurper of the freedom of the seas." Seize the Fire not only vividly describes the brutal realities of battle but enters the hearts and minds of the men who were there; it is a portrait of a moment, a close and passionately engaged depiction of a frame of mind at a turning point in world history.

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display_description"In October 1805 Lord Horatio Nelson, the most brilliant sea commander who ever lived, led the British Royal Navy to a devastating victory over the Franco-Spanish fleets at the great battle of Trafalgar. It was the foundation of Britain's nineteenth-century world-dominating empire. [This] is not only a close and revealing portrait of a legendary hero in his final action but also a vivid account of the brutal realities of battle ...."--Cover, p. [4].
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ils:.b27704877BookBooks1st Harper Perennial ed.EnglishHarperCollins, 2006.xxiv, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, 18 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
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subject_facetHeroes -- Great Britain
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
Nelson, Horatio Nelson, -- Viscount, -- 1758-1805 -- Military leadership
Trafalgar, Battle of, 1805
United Kingdom -- History, Naval -- 19th century
title_displaySeize the fire : heroism, duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
title_fullSeize the fire : heroism, duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar / Adam Nicolson
title_shortSeize the fire
title_subheroism, duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
History, Naval
Military leadership
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
Nelson, Horatio Nelson
Trafalgar, Battle of, 1805