His Rise and Execution
Pen & Sword 2009
Hardback 192pp Illustrated
9781844157815   Product Code: 92608
Admiral John Byng is best remembered on account of his execution in 1757, 'pour encourager les autres', as Voltaire famously remarked. But what brought a seaman who had until then enjoyed a brilliant career to so ignominious an end? This long-overdue reappraisal traces Byng's meteoric rise and the events surrounding the Battle of Minorca, which led to the fatal accusation of cowardice, and reveals how an honourable man was caught up in political machinations beyond his control.