An incredibly powerful rumination from our resident Rattigan expert:

Terence Rattigan’s late play “A Bequest to the Nation” reflects on the love affair of Lord Horatio Nelson with Emma Hamilton. This is well covered material both on stage and screen. Rattigan, however, chooses to focus on Lady Nelson’s relation to her husband’s affair, and especially on the quality and impact of the forgiveness she extends to her husband.

What I did not know about this dramatic business of the year 1801 and before, is that Nelson was a child of the rectory, and his brother a clergyman, as well. What Horatio (Lord…

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