Seize the Fire

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 conjuror of violence" that England, at some level, deeply needed?
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Harper Audio, 2005.
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