This book goes into a lot of detail. I learned a little bit about Nelson at school, including taking part in a musical performance of Hip Hip Horatio (with thanks to the Mumsnet forums for helping me track that one down!) but this book contains a huge amount about Nelson, and how he rose up through the ranks.
When reading this with my son I skipped up to the Battle of Trafalgar, and we both learned a great deal about the battle. Although written in simple language that children can easily follow, there is a lot to take in. It comes to an abrupt end with Nelson's death, with nothing about his continuing legacy. This is definitely a series of books for those serious about learning their historical figures!
I'm joining in again with Ladybird Tuesday over at Being Mrs C.
My previous Ladybird Tuesday posts:
A Little Princess
A First Book of Aesop's Fables