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The Peninsular War
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Napoleon’s six-year-long campaign to bring Spain and Portugal into his united Europe was frustrated by Arthur Wellesley.

SPAIN rose up angrily on 2nd May 1808, after Napoleon occupied Madrid and put his brother Joseph on the Spanish throne.

Nelson had already inflicted a stinging defeat on Joseph off Cape Trafalgar near Cadíz in 1805, but this time Napoleon sent French troops with orders to teach the Spanish an unforgettable lesson.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Despatch. Disturb.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Fight. Cross. Return.

Use together in one sentence: Lose one’s life. Despatch. Cordial.

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‘Really, I do not see the signal!’
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Sometimes it is right to ‘turn a blind eye’.

IN King George III’s day, Britain’s maritime trading Empire, stretching from North America to India, provoked envy across Europe.

Napoleon Bonaparte carefully fanned the flames of resentment until, on 2nd April 1801, a fleet of ships gathered at Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark-Norway, eager to force Britain to share her supposedly ill-gotten wealth.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Enemy. Enmity.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Eye. Fly. Share.

Use together in one sentence: Capital. Though. Maritime.

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The Battle of Trafalgar
Music: George Frideric Handel
At the cost of his own life, Lord Nelson showed Napoleon that he could rule neither Britain nor the waves.

IN 1805, the French fleet was not at its height. Many able officers had been executed in the Revolution, and memories were still raw of Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

Napoleon therefore planned to ally with the Spanish fleet at Cadíz, before daring to confront the Royal Navy in the English Channel.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Dare. Risk.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Arm. Shoulder. Channel.

Use together in one sentence: Therefore. Follow. Sea.

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The Battle of Waterloo
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Napoleon’s idea of government was so oppressive that Wellington’s victory is one of the most important events in European history.

IN 1814, following a disastrous assault on Moscow and defeat in the Peninsular Wars at the hands of Arthur Wellesley, Napoleon was forced into exile as governor of Elba.

But after a few months, Napoleon simply collected a few hundred loyal men, and marched back to a hero’s welcome in Paris.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Sensational. Sensual.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Test. Command. Escape.

Use together in one sentence: Month. Life. Hundred.

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Captain Moorsom’s ‘Revenge’
Music: Muzio Clementi
The Whitby man held his nerve to keep five enemy ships busy at Trafalgar, and subsequently led Nelson’s funeral procession.

AS soon as battle was joined at Trafalgar, Robert Moorsom, captain of HMS Revenge, alarmed his crew by sailing directly towards five enemy ships.

He had few forward-firing cannon, and the broadsides of the enemy tore through Revenge’s rigging and across her deck without reply, while Moorsom strolled among the flying splinters ‘as though walking to church’.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Crew. Join. Reach.

Use together in one sentence: Join. While. Among.

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