Samuel Bruce Adlam Willis, geb. 1977 ist ein britischer Historiker und Autor. Sein historisches Hauptgebiet ist Marinegeschichte und maritime Archäologie und da glänzt er auch mit seinen Romanen.
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J.M.W. Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Up (1838) was his masterpiece. Sam Willis tells the real-life story behind this remarkable painting. The 98-gun Temeraire warship broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson’s flagship Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), saving Nelson at a crucial moment in the battle, and, in the words of John Ruskin, fought until her sides ran ‚wet with the long runlets of English blood…those pale masts that stayed themselves up against the war-ruin, shaking out their ensigns through the thunder, till sail and ensign dropped.‘
Band 1 der Trilogie. “(His) book is infused with his experience and knowledge of seafaring” (Times Literary Supplement) (70 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 416 Seiten noch günstig?
Admiral John Benbow was an English naval hero, a fighting sailor of ruthless methods but indomitable courage. Benbow was a man to be reckoned with. In 1702, however, when Benbow engaged a French squadron off the Spanish main, other ships in his squadron failed to support him. His leg shattered by a cannon-ball, Benbow fought on – but to no avail: the French escaped and the stricken Benbow succumbed to his wounds. When the story of his ‚Last Fight‘ reached England, there was an outcry.
Band 2 der Trilogie. “Fascinating … One of the best naval biographies to appear for many years.” (BBC History Magazine) (27 Rezensionen / 4,3 Sterne), 465 Seiten noch günstig?
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France, early summer 1794. The French Revolution has been hijacked by the extreme Jacobins and is in the grip of The Terror. While the guillotine relentlessly takes the heads of innocents, two vast French and British fleets meet in mid-Atlantic after a week of skirmishing. The French, in ships painted blood-red and bearing banners proclaiming ‚la République ou la mort!‘ are escorting an American grain convoy to Brest to feed a starving population. Their ships are manned by a mutinous revolutionary mob that will fiercely defend their nascent Republic.
Band 3 der Trilogie. “Those who would attempt to explain a great battle at sea in the age of sail need salt water in their veins, and a skilled pen. In this marvellous book Dr Sam Willis proves that he has both” (BBC History Magazine) (34 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 481 Seiten noch günstig?