10 thoughts on “The "Fighting Temeraire"

  1. Bfisher Bfisher says:

    I was first exposed to The Fighting Temeraire as a schoolboy in the 60 s, via Sir Henry Newbolt s poem, just before the dramatic curriculum revisions of the late 60 s and 70 s.Now the sunset s breezes shiver,And she s fading down the river,But in England s song for everShe s the Fighting Temeraire.Here is a link to a recording of Newbolt reading his poem is a vast


  2. Andrew Otis Andrew Otis says:

    Slightly pedantic and nationalistic at times but a fascinating historical study


  3. Mhbright Mhbright says:

    Wonderful account of the ship that captured two French ships at Trafalgar and was much later the subject of Turner s painting, voted the favorite of the English public The painting, in turn, inspired Newbolt s poem Now the sunset s breezes shiver, And she s fading down the river, But in England s song for ever She s the Fighting Temeraire.


  4. Mick Mick says:

    In a recent poll, J M W Turner s The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838, depicting an aging warship being towed up the Thames to a breaking yard, was voted the British public s favourite painting It s easy to see why The Fighting Temeraire is a remarkable work, created at the peak of Turner s ability, and is a beautiful tribute to the passing of the previou


  5. David Bird David Bird says:

    Willis is clearlyinterested in naval history than art history His take on the former is detailed, and has an interesting focus on the Seven Years War known in these parts as the French and Indian War , where the original French ship of this name was captured by the British As with David Cordingly s The Billy Ruffian The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon, the story of a single ship provide


  6. Manda Manda says:

    While mostly a biography in a loosely termed way of one of the most famous ships of the Royal Navy, an historical subsection that didn t really exist until a few years ago, this book is evenunique for the element of art history contained in its final chapters The majority of the book is devoted to the Temeraire s years in service, including her most famous day at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, all the


  7. John Gordon John Gordon says:

    The HMS Temeraire was a 98 gun ship of the line at Trafalgar and played a crucial part in that battle This ship has a long and illustrious history in the days of fighting sail Thanks to the iconic painting The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner we have a nostalgic connection to the story of this great ship.This book is well written, it traces the story of the capture of the original Temeraire from the French at L


  8. Tim Chamberlain Tim Chamberlain says:

    This book is essentially a history of two ships and a painting all three connected by the single word Temeraire , which makes for an interesting and somewhat novel angle for a historical enquiry Sam Willis is an engaging writer and the book flows nicely, even though the history itself can tend a little toward the military patriotic bombast of the what made Great Britain great kind That said though, the book is an excel


  9. Ross Ross says:

    I read a lot of history intended for the lay public as opposed to professional historians, You could call this big picture or macro history This book is micro history covering in detail the story of two ships and a painting, starting in the year 1759.For the general reader this micro history would be deadly boring, but for denizens of the gunroom it is fascinating stuff.The first ship was built by the French and captured by th


  10. Jesse Jesse says:

    I first noticed The Fighting Temeraire because of the Temeraire fantasy series by Naomi Novik This book covers the history of the two British ships that shared the name Temeraire the first was a French prize Spanning much of the Age of Sail and featuring many of the most famous battles of the era, The Fighting Temeraire was a real effort to wade through I don t mind working to get through a book A Random Walk Down Wall Street, I glanc


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