The Terror before Trafalgar: Nelson, Napoleon and the Secret War
Nelson's victory at Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 was a pivotal event in European
history. But Trafalgar was not simply an isolated battle fought and won in an afternoon
This extraordinary period, following Napoleon's threat to invade England in 1801,
came to be known as The Great Terror, and Britain was on the alert. As the Grande
Armee faced a Dad's army of English volunteers across the Channel, a secret war of
espionage and subversion was fought in the shadows. New weapons -
Drawing on diaries, letters and newspapers, Tom Pocock paints a vivid picture of
the years from 1801 to 1805, and of people caught up in these events: Nelson himself
as he blockaded the French at sea for two unbroken years, his love Emma Hamilton
waiting at home, Jane Austen and her naval brothers, the diarist Fanny Burney, the
admirals, generals and politicians, as well as the lesser-
"Engrossing... The Terror Before Trafalgar is narrative history at its shining best."
Peter Padfield, BBC History
"Tom Pocock is the doyen of Nelson scholarship in our time... Pocock has provided a fascinating cast of characters as outstanding in their way as Nelson..."
"Pocock adds fresh lustre to his reputation as our leading authority on Nelson with this sudy of the threat of a Napoleonic invasion that convulsed Britain"
Richard Woodman, Lloyd's List
"Mr. Pocock is perhaps the world's leading authority on the great admiral... Mr. Pocock 's book is a lucid exposition of this vibrantly exciting period..."
Nicholas Fearn, Independent on Sunday
"A superb contribution..."