Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Horatia (part 33)

On 18 May 1803 Horatia was baptised in the parish church of St Marylebone, on the very same day that Britain declared war on France. This ended the peace inaugurated by the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, as a result of which the whole of Europe had experienced a period of peace for the first… Read More Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Horatia (part 33)

Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Emma Carew (part 32)

Emma Hart – or Carew as she became known – was the first daughter of Emma Hamilton, born in 1782.The identity of her father is uncertain, but itwas probably Sir Henry Fetherstonhaugh, the dissolute dandy who had abandoned his lover, enraged that she had become pregnant.Greville agreed to take her in as a mistress on… Read More Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Emma Carew (part 32)

Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: After Sir William’s Death (part 31)

Sir William‘s death, on 6 April 1803 withdrew the husband’s “cover” for Nelson‘s remaining under the same roof as Emma, and complicated matters a bit.Her marriage to Sir William had granted her a certain degree of respectability even if it had not opened the doors of the Court for her: Queen Charlotte had firmly refused… Read More Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: After Sir William’s Death (part 31)

Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Sir William (part 28)

Sir William and Emma stayed in London, with baby Horatia secretly lodged near them, in the care of Mrs Gibson, who lived in Little Titchfield Street. Hamilton seemed to accept the daughter of his wife and her lover with polite discretion, which could also mean approval of their relationship. Or he was really so blind… Read More Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Sir William (part 28)

Lady Hamilton – Horatio Nelson: Back to England (part 24) 

Un inglese italianato è un diavolo incarnato. (Old Italian saying)The Englishman who acts like an Italian is the devil personified. Nelson‘s reward for his despicable actions of which he was guilty in the Bay of Naples against the surrendered patriots came in October 1799: the king made him Duke of Bronte and assigned him an… Read More Lady Hamilton – Horatio Nelson: Back to England (part 24)