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The Resource Nelson's purse : an extraordinary historical detective story shedding new light on the life of Britain's greatest naval hero, Martyn Downer

Nelson's purse : an extraordinary historical detective story shedding new light on the life of Britain's greatest naval hero, Martyn Downer

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Nelson's purse : an extraordinary historical detective story shedding new light on the life of Britain's greatest naval hero
Title
Nelson's purse
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an extraordinary historical detective story shedding new light on the life of Britain's greatest naval hero
Statement of responsibility
Martyn Downer
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Language
eng
Summary
"At the beginning of July 2002, Sotheby's announced to the world the discovery of a major cache of material relating to the life of England's greatest naval hero, Horatio Nelson. The treasure trove belonged to descendants of Nelson's best friend, Alexander Davison. The man who made this extraordinary find - and who subsequently spent over a year validating the material and placing it in the context of Nelson's life - was Martyn Downer." "Some of the objects that make up this remarkable collection were thought to have been lost; others were hitherto completely unknown, such as a moving archive of letters from Nelson's jilted wife, Fanny, detailing the breakdown of their marriage. For the first time, thanks to this find, Fanny's role in Nelson's life acquires real biographical substance. The cache also included medals, swords, jewellery (including a stunning diamond brooch thought to have belonged to Emma Hamilton), porcelain, weaponry, and other papers and letters (including some emotive letters by Emma and Nelson himself) which shed new light on Nelson's domestic affairs. Most dramatically, Downer also discovered the bloodstained purse Nelson was carrying on the day he was shot on board HMS Victory in 1805, still containing its gold coins." "Martyn Downer here tells the historical detective story behind this great find and its progress from discovery to auction. As he tells it, against the backdrop of Davison's life, we come to know Nelson, his wife and his mistress in intimate detail."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
BNB
Dewey number
359.331092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Nelson's purse : an extraordinary historical detective story shedding new light on the life of Britain's greatest naval hero, Martyn Downer
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
8725149
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24 cm.
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Extent
424 pages, [30] pages of plates
Isbn
9780593051801
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
color illustrations, color portraits, facsimiles
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  • (Sirsi) MA113832
  • (Uk)012959146

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