Book 2 in ‘The Hearts of Oak Trilogy’ by Author Sam Willis is now available worldwide in hardcover, The Admiral Benbow: The Life and Times of a Naval Legend.
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. Two of the captains who had abandoned him were court-martialled and shot; ‘Brave Benbow’ was elevated from national hero to national legend, his valour immortalized in broadsheet and folksong: ships were named after him; Tennyson later fêted him in verse; in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the tavern where Jim Hawkins and his mother live is called ‘The Admiral Benbow’.
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