. 1st.ed., 2005. Xxiv + 341 pp., 33 plates (chiefly cold.). D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The author examines the idea of heroism and the heroic, based chiefly on Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He looks for the roots of heroism in 18th century England and its abundance in the fleets of the Royal Navy culminating in the action off Cape Trafalgar against the combined fleets of France and Spain. An unusual study which focus not only on Nelson but also on other naval commanders of the 18th century including Shovell, Byng, St. Vincent, Barham, Fremantle, Ball, Calder, Blackwood, Troubridge, Hardy, etc. Illustrated with 33 plates, chiefly coloured.