Book Review-‘‘That Hamilton Woman’: Emma and Nelson’ by B. Gough

By Thomas Malcomson, published December 2020


That Hamilton Woman’: Emma and Nelson by Barry Gough is an extended essay on the famous romantic relationship between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson. Gough places the relationship in the context of women in the lives of sailors and the potentially important roles they played in officers’ careers. The book also provides the full text of the 1966 paper given by the American Naval historian Arthur Marder on the affair. Both Marder and Gough paint a vivid picture of a vibrant, sensual and determined Emma Hamilton. This slender volume was published in advance of the special exhibition, on Lady Emma Hamilton, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich…

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Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Biography

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