Nelson in His Own Words

About the Show

Lord Horatio Nelson, one of Britain’s greatest war heroes, is best known as the man on top of a huge column in London’s Trafalgar Square. One of history’s most celebrated characters, his achievements are well recognised; the Battle of Trafalgar and the Nile campaign, as well as his extraordinary record as a commander and a leader of men. But what about Nelson the man? Polite English society was shocked when a batch of letters from Lord Nelson to his mistress, married society beauty Emma Hamilton, was made public. They revealed another side to Nelson, the man who crushed French naval power. The letters revealed a man of romantic passion and lustful desire. This exciting film draws on this vast collection of personal correspondence to present Nelson in a new light: a strong commander and an extraordinary strategist, but at the same time vain, impulsive and sexual.