John Manners, Marquess of Granby, famously led a cavalry charge during the Seven Years War, 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 sedulously 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 enthralling saga of of two generations of the Manners family and a finely delineated portrait of aristocratic, political and naval life in mid-Georgian England.
David Manners is 11th Duke of Rutland. He succeeded his father in the titles on 4 January 1999 and lives at Belvoir Castle, ancestral home of the dukes of Rutland in northern Leicestershire. 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.