With Nelson: the Sword of Albion, John Sugden has written the most definitive and intimate biography of Nelson ever published. We think that we’re familiar with the man behind the name, but Sugden delves behind the myths, sweeps away the apocrypha, and reveals a figure both intimately familiar and greatly estranged.
Behind Nelson’s military prowess was a man riven with paradoxes and schisms at the very heart of his personal life. We see Nelson as glory-hunter and national hero, humanitarian and hardened military leader, adulterer and family man. But Sugden also shows us in masterful writing the high dramas of the Battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar.
John Sugden does great justice to the epic, yet human Nelson and delivers a wonderful view of late eighteenth century life and society.