The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649

The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain 660-1649

by N. A. M. Rodger, Rodger

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Overview

"[An] awesomely scholarly study. . . . The importance of this book is not only in its intrinsic interest, or its usefulness as a superb resource, but its demonstration that [Britain's] story cannot be told without a thorough knowledge of what happened at sea."—Alan Judd, Sunday Times [London]


Throughout the chronicle of Britain's history, one factor above all others has determined the fate of kings, the security of trade, and the integrity of the realm. Without its navy, Britain would have been a weakling among the nations of Europe, could never have built or maintained the empire, and in all likelihood would have been overrun by the armies of Napoleon and Hitler. Now, for the first time in nearly a century, a prominent naval historian has undertaken a comprehensive account of the history and traditions of this most essential institution. N. A. M. Rodger has produced a superb work, combining scholarship with narrative, that demonstrates how the political and social history of Britain has been inextricably intertwined with the strength-or weakness-of her seapower. From the early military campaigns against the Vikings to the defeat of the great Spanish Armada in the reign of Elizabeth I, this volume touches on some of the most colorful characters in British history. It also provides fascinating details on naval construction, logistics, health, diet, and weaponry. "A splendid book. It combines impressively detailed research with breadth of perception....[Rodger] has prepared an admirable historical record that will be read and reread in the years ahead."—Times [London]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393319606
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/17/1999
Pages: 692
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

N. A. M. Rodger is professor of naval history at Exeter University and a fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of The Wooden World and the highly acclaimed volumes of his naval history of Britain, The Safeguard of the Sea and The Command of the Ocean. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsxiii
Illustrationsxiv
Forewordxvii
A Note on Conventionsxix
Introductionxxiii
1The Three Seas: (660-899; Ships 660-1066)1
2The First English Empires: (900-1066)18
3The Partition of Britain: (1066-1204)31
4The Fall of the House of Anjou: (Operations 1204-1266; Administration 1204-1216)50
5Ships of War: (Ships 1066-1455)61
6The Northern Wars: (Operations 1266-1336)73
7Edward III at Sea: (Operations 1336-1360)91
8Decline and Fall: (Operations 1360-1410)109
9The Chief Support of the Kingdom: (Administration 1216-1420)117
10Captains and Admirals: (Social History 1204-1455)131
11The End of the Empire: (Operations 1410-1455; Administration 1420-1455)143
12Change and Decay: (1456-1509)153
13Departed Dreams: (Operations 1509-1523)164
14Precarious Isolation: (Operations 1523-1550)176
15The Flower of England's Garland: (Operations 1550-1572)190
16The Galley and the Galleon: (Ships 1509-1602)204
17The Council of the Marine: (Administration 1509-1574)221
18The Spanish War: (Operations 1572-1587)238
19The Advantage of Time and Place: (Operations 1588)254
20The Method of Jason: (Operations 1589-1603)272
21The Path to Fame: (Social History: Officers 1509-1603)297
22Sailors for my Money: (Social History: Men 1509-1603)311
23The Undertakings of a Maiden Queen: (Administration 1574-1603)327
24No More Drakes: (Operations 1603-1630)347
25The Inward Cause of All Disorders: (Administration 1603-1630)364
26A Diamond in his Crown: (Operations and Administration 1630-1639; Ships 1603-1639)379
27One and All: (Social History 1603-1639)395
28The Fall of Three Kingdoms: (1640-1649)411
Conclusion427
Appendix IChronology435
Appendix IIShips473
Appendix IIIMedieval Fleets490
Appendix IVRates of Pay498
Appendix VAdmirals and Officials504
References511
Glossary589
Abbreviations609
Bibliography612
Index663

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