The month before Trafalgar, the Duke and the Admiral had a singular encounter.
Once acclaimed as an “enchanter on the throne” Gustavus was both loved and hated; but, writes Oliver Warner, those who loved him were better men than his enemies.
For over 400 years, writes Oliver Warner, the Sovereigns of Denmark exacted dues from all ships using the Sounds at the entrance to the Baltic Sea.
The Field Marshal who had led his country to independence in 1918, writes Oliver Warner, was called upon twice to defend his own creation during the Second World War.
These two great English naval commanders became close friends during the seventeen-seventies; Oliver Warner describes how it was Collingwood who took over Nelson’s command when, in 1805, he died at Trafalgar.
Oliver Warner questions whether Calder's reprimand for his action with the French in 1805 was just.
In 1794, at the start of the French Revolutionary Wars, 'the nation wanted a victory'. It was provided by Admiral Howe.
Oliver Warner traces the cultural footprints left by a national hero.