Tom Pocock

A Gentle Glory

Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s Own Hero

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Cuthbert Collingwood was in need of a biographer, not only because he was Nelson’s best friend and, after Trafalgar, his successor, but because he then became historically significant in his own right. So, at a time when publishers are calling for yet more biographies of the charismatic Nelson, it is good to read about Collingwood, who was in some respects his opposite, and far more difficult to define.

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