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Nelson's Navy in 100 Objects (Hardback)

Napoleonic Frontline Books Royal Navy Nelson & Trafalgar 18th Century 19th Century

By Gareth Glover
Frontline Books
Series: In 100 Objects
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 100+ colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526731326
Published: 29th June 2021


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The Royal Navy of Nelson’s time was such a huge organisation, that it is sometimes hard to comprehend its full scope. Indeed, during the Napoleonic Wars it was by far the largest employer in the entire world.

Not only did the Royal Navy maintain a fleet of close on 1,000 ships, including over 100 line of battle ships, but it was also responsible for the entire organisation of maintaining them at sea. From the recruitment of crews, the maintenance and protection of bases throughout the world, the production and delivery of food supplies to feed this vast fleet and the procurement of naval supplies to keep the ships at sea, it was all the responsibility of this vast organisation.

The Royal Navy was often Britain’s last line of defence and many of its most successful officers became superstars, although none eclipsed Admiral Lord Nelson, who became the personification of the Navy. The whole country revelled in their successes and ‘Jolly Jack Tar’ became a source of national pride and a huge number of naval terms were taken into normal life and many are often still used to this very day.

Nelson's Navy in 100 Objects investigates all aspects of this incredible organisation and the lives of the men who served within it, including Nelson himself, using historical artefacts and naval terms that are now part of everyday language to illustrate them.

The ‘in 100 Objects’ series is proving very popular, providing a fascinating look at a subject through a cross section of objects that define it. This new book in the series reads well and contains a very interesting selection of images that are almost entirely provided in full colour through the body of the book – Very Highly Recommended

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This is the latest in Pen and Sword's "100 objects" series, this time focusing on Admira Lord Nelson. Excellent.

Books Monthly

This book is a remarkable compilation of 100 Nelsonian objects (and subjects) that goes far beyond its numbered structure to present a vast amount of information and many splendid and useful additional illustrations. It really is a must for the bookshelf of every TNS member.

Peter A. Clayton, The Nelson Society

The details given are meticulous and absorbing, as everyone who has read Gareth Glover’s previous books has come to expect.

Dr J P Morewood, Secretary, The Waterloo Association.

A Life on the Ocean Wave 200years ago.
What a great book packed full of information and illustrations. Gareth has yet again given us 100 objects that depict a certain aspect of the Napoleonic age. Living in Portsmouth I found this really interesting with loads of facts that I was not aware of regarding Nelson and the Victory having lived here all my life and been on the Victory quite afew times. Yet again another quality book from Mr Glover.
Vic Powell
Portsmouth Napoleonic Society

Vic Powell
 Gareth Glover

About Gareth Glover

Gareth Glover is a former Royal Navy officer and military historian who has made a special study of the Napoleonic Wars for the last thirty years. In addition to writing many articles on aspects of the subject in magazines and journals, his books include Wellington’s Voice, Wellington’s Lieutenant Napoleon’s Gaoler, From Corunna to Waterloo, Eyewitness to the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo, An Eloquent Soldier, seven volumes of The Waterloo Archive, Waterloo: Myth and Reality, The Forgotten War Against Napoleon: Conflict in the Mediterranean 1793-1815 and The Two Battles of Copenhagen 1801 and 1807: Britain and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars.

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