By D. Cannadine
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colorful and complicated personality, whose supremely profitable naval profession fast attained mythical prestige. by way of 1803 he was once Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye. He again to struggle while known as again in might and spent an extra years at sea earlier than demise on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this present day, centuries after his loss of life, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this ebook, prime historians offer a thorough reappraisal of his existence and instances.
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There was also a political dimension to Davison's very public act of generosity. Prevented by their constitution from publicly defending themselves, the freemasons, led by Lord Moira, had recently embarked on a discreet campaign to secure exemption from emergency legislation which, although designed to outlaw the secret meetings of ]a co bins and Nelson and His 'Band of Brothers' 41 Irish revolutionaries, would have severely restricted their own activities. Within this highly charged political context, Davison's medal can be seen as a mute demonstration of masonic loyalty to crown and country.
Freemasonry struggled, however, to take hold in the less familial atmosphere of the Navy compared to the tight knit culture of the Army. Its rituals may also have been hampered by space restrictions on board a warship. 19 Indeed compared to the dozens - even hundreds - of lodges recognised in the Army, only three ships in the Royal Navy were granted warrants to hold freemason meetings by the Grand Lodge in London: Vanguard, Prince and Canceaux. 20 Nelson, of course, became very familiar with Vanguard during 38 Admiral Lord Nelson the Nile campaign while, by coincidence, Canceaux was moored in the River StLawrence when he arrived at Quebec in September 1782.
Nelson and His 'Band of Brothers' 39 Nelson saw his lavish Derby wine coolers for the first time on his return to England in November 1800. An educated eye would have recognised the obvious Egyptian motifs: obelisks, pyramids and palm trees as well as the conventional symbols for a naval victory: a flag draped gun, trident and anchor. An initiated observer, however, could decipher the hidden masonic code, for each of the images was loaded with rich allegorical meaning. The most striking of these was the Roman Corinthian column which a freemason would recognise as emblematic of strength and wisdom.