Monthly Archives: October 2013




Feel the roar of canons and the crashing of timbers, as critically acclaimed, National Geographic author, Simon Worrall, takes you aboard HMS Victory as she sails into the greatest sea battle the world has ever seen.Fought off Cape Trafalgar, in southern Spain, on October 21st 1805, between a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson and a Combined Spanish and French fleet, Trafalgar changed the world forever. Filled with vivid portraits of Nelson and his lover, Emma Hamilton, as well as the other commanders at Trafalgar, and gripping scenes from the heart of the conflagration, this short, richly illustrated book, delivers a compelling overview of a battle that changed the world. Where most writers have concentrated on the British side of the story, Worrall digs deep in French and Spanish archives to uncover fascinating, new material that shows the devastating human and historical consequences of defeat for Spain and France. The author is no armchair historian. Travelling through Britain, France and Spain, he takes the reader on a journey of discovery as he interviews leading experts in all three countries; drinks tea with Nelson's great-great granddaughter on the Welsh border; investigates the possible murder of the French admiral, Villeneuve, in Brittany; and joins the crew of a state-of-the-art research vessel, as it hunts for the wreck of the Spanish flagship, the Santissima Trinidad, off the coast of Cadiz. So, raise your anchor, and sail away ...

Horatio’s Finest Hour: The Battle of Trafalgar