Horatio Nelson’s celebrated victory over the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 presented Britain with an unprecedented command of the seas. Yet the Royal Navy’s role in the struggle against Napoleonic France was far from over. This groundbreaking
book asserts that, contrary to the accepted notion that the Battle of Trafalgar essentially completed the Navy’s task, the war at sea actually intensified over the next decade, ceasing only with Napoleon’s final surrender.
James Davey is Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and the author of
Transformation of British Naval Strategy: Seapower and Supply in Northern Europe 1808–1812.