Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship [NOOK Book]

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The Ultimate Warship


Her keel measured 126 feet, and she stretched to 160 feet overall. Her 46.5-foot beam sacrificed speed for the sake of stability, and the 19 feetof water she drew denied her access to smaller ports. Some saw herenormous size and ungainly proportions as serious drawbacks, butthe 102 heavy bronze cannon that bristled from her flanks guaranteedthat this black-hulled, ornately decorated ...
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Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship

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Overview


The Ultimate Warship


Her keel measured 126 feet, and she stretched to 160 feet overall. Her 46.5-foot beam sacrificed speed for the sake of stability, and the 19 feetof water she drew denied her access to smaller ports. Some saw herenormous size and ungainly proportions as serious drawbacks, butthe 102 heavy bronze cannon that bristled from her flanks guaranteedthat this black-hulled, ornately decorated monster would live up toher name: Sovereign of the Seas. The Dutch sailors who faced her inbattle called her by another name, "The Golden Devil."

This immensely powerful floating fortress was the culmination of morethan two hundred years of competition among the kingdoms of Europeto create the perfect marriage between guns and ships. Their relentlessquest for maritime supremacy had produced a seemingly endlesssuccession of grandiose flagships, from Henry V's Grace à Dieu to Sweden's ill-fated Vasa. Emerging nation-states had invested vast portions of theirtreasuries, kings had vied as much for prestige as for power, andthousands of hapless seamen had perished in pursuit of this goal.

Sovereigns of the Sea is a gripping tale of an arms race that created and ruined empires, changed the map of the world, and led Europe out of the Renaissance and into the modern age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620458747
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,035,590
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Angus Konstam is a widely published authorwho has written several books on piracy,including Blackbeard: America's Most NotoriousPirate, The History of Pirates, and Piracy: The Complete History. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as a curator of weapons in the Tower of London and as the chief curator in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida, before becoming a full-time historian and writer. An expert on weapons, shipwrecks, and piracy, he has advised several underwater archaeological groups and appears regularly on both the Discovery and the History channels. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Table of Contents


Atlas     vii
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: The Quest     1
Europe Comes of Age     9
Knights of the Sea     23
The Shipbuilding Revolution     63
The Great Rivals     83
The Black Art of Gunfounding     123
The Baltic Connection     143
From Carrack to Galleon     171
The Invincible Armada     193
Phoenix from the Ashes     217
Prestige over Practicality     233
Toward the Holy Grail     263
The Sovereign of the Seas     281
Postscript: The Ship of the Line     301
Notes     309
Bibliography     321
Credits     329
Index     330
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