Young Nelsons

Boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars

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Young Nelsons

Boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars

Description

They 'fought like young Nelsons.' The words of a schoolmaster, writing from aboard the Mars after the battle of Trafalgar, describing the valour of his pupils in the heat of battle. Made immortal by the novels of Patrick O'Brian, C. S. Forester and Alexander Kent, these boy sailors, alongside those of every other Royal Navy ship, had entered the British Navy to fight the French across every ocean of the world. There was a long-standing British tradition of children going to sea, and along the way found adventure, glory, wealth and fame. During the Napoleonic Wars, these children, some as young as eight or nine, were also fighting for the very survival of Britain. Drawing on many first-hand accounts, letters, poems and writings, this book tells the dramatic story of Britain's boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars for the very first time.

Product details

Published Mar 20 2012
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 320
ISBN 9781780965857
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 1 b/w; 6 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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D. A. B. Ronald

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