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The Nelson Quiz

This day two hundred and eleven years ago Lord Horatio Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar. By request, I’m posting a Nelson quiz I devised a few years ago. Test your knowledge of Nelson lore with these twenty questions. (Answers at the end of the blog.) And there’s a copy of Victory, up for […]

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The Nelson Quiz – How Did You Go?

Here’s the answers to the Nelson quiz in my last blog: 1. Where is purportedly the largest collection of Nelson memorabilia in the western hemisphere? The Horatio Nelson Museum, Nevis. Nelson had a number of associations with the Caribbean, especially in his early naval career, and married a young Nevis widow, Frances Nisbet, there in […]

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BookPick: Nelson’s Band of Brothers

On October 21, on the anniversary of the death of Horatio Nelson, and his victory at Trafalgar, I and many others will be toasting The Immortal Memory. There are legions of books on Nelson and his life and times – and I did wonder what more could be written about this subject. But Nelson’s Band […]

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On this day: The Battle of the Nile

On this day in 1798 began the Battle of the Nile, a major naval engagement between the Royal Navy and the Navy of the French Republic. The battle was the climax of a naval campaign that had ranged across the Mediterranean during the previous three months, as a large French convoy sailed from Toulon to […]

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BookPick: Nelson’s Victory, 250 Years of War and Peace

The publication of this title, written by Brian Lavery, is very timely as next month sees the anniversary of the launch of HMS Victory from Chatham Dockyard. Sumptuously illustrated, the book tells the story of the ship since she first took to the waters in May 1765. It contains what may be surprises for many […]

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‘I see Kydd’s eyes open and honest, blue as a Sorrento sea… ’

Im delighted to feature Lin-Marie Milner-Brown as the November Reader of the Month. Lin-Marie is a book illustrator who lives in Nottinghamshire. Lin-Marie’s a great fan of sea tales and films like Master and Commander and The Onedin Line – and says the 18/19th century maritime environment now seems so familiar to her that it […]

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CONQUEST: the Race to Empire Begins!

A regular feature looking back on each of the Kydd titles – with story background, research highlights, writing challenges and more. And thank you for all your kind comments on the post about my eleventh book, Victory. The twelfth book in the series is Conquest. Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of […]

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The Naval Medals of England and most particularly during the Reign of George III

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Sim Comfort has built up a wonderfully eclectic treasure trove of coins, medals, paintings, swords and other naval items over many decades. He’s written and published a number of very fine books on the weapons and memorabilia of the Age […]

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Tenacious: the hunt for Napoleon’s fleet

The sixth book in the series is TENACIOUS. Kydd is in Halifax enjoying the recognition and favour of his fellow officers when his ship Tenacious is summoned to join Nelson’s taskforce on an urgent reconnaissance mission. One reviewer said of this book: ‘More sea adventures of Thomas Kydd, this time meeting Horatio Nelson and taking […]

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BookPick: Lord Nelson’s Swords

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Regular readers of my blog may recall an earlier post mentioning that Sim Comfort would be bringing out a book on Nelson’s swords. I’ve just heard from Sim that the book will be released mid-March. He’s set up to take […]

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