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Head of Zeus
06 Apr 2017 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781784979904

The story of the contrasting fortunes of two aristocratic brothers in the age of the American Revolution offers a fascinating and finely etched portrait of Georgian England.

Non Fiction / HBLL (Modern History)
Extent: 512 pages  Illus: 3x8pp colour illus & 35 b&w illus
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Resolution: Two Brothers. A Nation in Crisis. A World at Warby David Rutland, by Emma Ellis

John Manners, Marquis of Granby, famously led a cavalry charge during the Seven Years War in 1760, losing both hat and wig. A commander of skill and courage, he was cherished by his men and lauded by the British public as an authentic military hero.

Granby predeceased his father, the 3rd Duke of Rutland, and never inherited his title, but left two sons whose contrasting fortunes and tragically short lives are the subject of this meticulously researched and richly illustrated book. Charles became 4th Duke in 1779, sought reconciliation with the American colonies and was Viceroy of Ireland; Robert embarked on a naval career, became flag captain of the Resolution and died of injuries sustained at the Battle of the Saintes.

Based upon the detailed archives held at Belvoir Castle, Resolution is both an enthralling saga of two generations of the Manners family and a finely delineated portrait of aristocratic, political and naval life in mid-Georgian England.

David Rutland is 11th Duke of Rutland. He succeeded his father to the title on 4 January 1999 and lives at Belvoir Castle, ancestral home of the dukes of Rutland in northern Leicestershire. As a young boy, David used to read Robert Manners' letters, written whilst serving in the Royal Navy from 1772-82, and wanted to find out more about his life and the interesting relationship he had with his older brother Charles. Resolution took four years to write, using original documents in the archives at Belvoir Castle, as well as ships' log books and other naval records held at The National Archives at Kew and the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
Emma Ellis completed a degree in politics in 1992 and then 'ran away to sea' for a few years, undertaking numerous voyages including to Antarctica and Greenland. She became interested in the history of maritime exploration during the course of a circumnavigation of New Zealand. She subsequently undertook a Masters Degree in naval and merchant naval history at the Greenwich Maritime Centre, University of Greenwich. Resolution is her first book.

'A rollicking tale of Lord Robert Manners, and his older brother Charles, the duke in the castle in Georgian times' The Times

David Rutland and Emma Ellis have found a clever, and ultimately poignant, way of bringing the naval and political sides of the war with American colonies into a single focus... It is fair and balanced in its judgements, authoritative in its handling of all naval aspects, and as comfortable with the aristocratic world of Belvoir, Newmarket and the gaming table as it is with the quarterdeck' The Spectator

'Vivid and well written, designed not just to appeal to military-history nerds' Tatler

'Both an enthralling saga of two generations of the Manners family and a finely delineated portrait of aristocratic, political and naval life in mid-Georgian England' Military History Monthly

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