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‘His dirge our groans—his monument our praise’: Official and Popular Commemoration of Nelson in 1805–6

Colin White

in History, Commemoration and National Preoccupation

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264065
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264065.003.0003

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

‘His dirge our groans—his monument our praise’: Official and Popular Commemoration of Nelson in 1805–6

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This chapter asks what the heroification of Nelson immediately after his death entailed. What conflicting images were created, in text and visual media, perhaps continuing the ways in which Nelson himself had manipulated his image during his lifetime? Contrasting official with popular commemoration, and exploring their interaction, it presents a nuanced picture of ‘national’ commemorations.

Keywords: heroification; national commemorations; death

Chapter.  8855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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