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Themes

Adventure on the High Seas

The novel's principle setting is the high seas during a time of war; Napoleon Bonaparte's military adventures threaten the British Empire and only a strong naval response keeps the French aggression at bay and ensures the survival of the empire. As a junior lieutenant of the Royal Navy, Hornblower's sworn and obvious duty is to assist his captain to engage the enemy at every opportunity. He carries out this duty with H.M.S. Renown.

The novel relates a sea voyage in the years circa 1801-1802; although the voyage is fictional it contains many historical elements and the maritime combat described is derived from several historical accounts. The ships mentioned represent fictionalized ships of historically appropriate type, though the crews are entirely fictional. Although there have been several historical ships named H.M.S. Renown, the ship in the novel is not intended to...

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