PATRIOTIC LADY. A STUDY OF EMMA, LADY HAMILTON, AND THE NEAPOLITAN REVOLUTION OF 1799. A COLOURED CARTOON.

Bowen, Marjorie.


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2nd ed., 1970. Xi + 349 pp. D.j., 22 x 15cm. Nr.FINE. With the Bookplate of the late Lily McCarthy, C.B.E., (1914-2006) ; the American collector who gave her invaluable Nelson Collection to the Royal Navy in 1972, now housed in the Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth. (Bookplate shows Nelson’s VICTORY across the road from her Gallery in the RN Museum, with a bust of Nelson in the foreground). First published in 1935, the author consulted over sixty English, French and Italian books during her research for this study of Lady Hamilton. She describes Emma’s life and the dramatic events in Naples following Nelson’s arrival there to recover from wounds received at the Nile in 1798. At Naples, he fell hopelessly in love with the wife of the British Ambassador and began an affair that shocked English society and alarmed Nelson’s friends. During this period Nelson and the Hamiltons also became caught up in the bloody Neapolitan Revolution of 1799 and they assisted the Royal Family to escape to Palermo. On the whole, the author treats this highly controversial chapter in Nelson’s life with fairness although in places she has been misled by earlier accounts. Lily McCarthy’s copy.


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