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characters The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 660 1649 109 ↠ [PDF] ✓ The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 660 1649 Author Nicholas A.M. Rodger – Throughout the chronicle of Britain's history one factor above all others has determined the fate ofThroughout the of the ePUB #180 chronicle of Britain's history one factor above all others has The Safeguard PDF determined the fate of kings the security of trade and the integrity of Safeguard of the PDF #10003 the realm Without its navy Britain would have been a weakling among the Safeguard of the Sea A PDF 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 Hitle. This is a very large book with a great deal of detail and should appeal strictly to those with a lot of time on their hands and a burning interest in the history of the British NavyThe first part of the book up to 1509 when Henry VIII arrives is just bits and pieces of trivia so little is actually known After that point uite a bit is known and most of it is a tale of gross incompetence and corruptionThe British Navy which in this first of two volumes is really the English Navy was mainly run by Lords who bought their offices with the primary interest of stealing as much money as possibleWe have Parliament to thank for the detailed knowledge of the corruption due to investigations conducted and reports written to document the thievery The monarchs would simply ignore the reports since they had sold the offices to the thieving Lords fully understanding why the Lord was buying the office in the first place Only Elizabeth comes off fairly well in the Author's opinionI am not sure I will try to read Volume II covering the history from 1650 to the present day since Volume I was so discouraging a readProblem solved Volume II is not available

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R 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 Safeguard of the Sea A PDF 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 campaign. A superbly written analytical and historical account of the Royal Navy from its original foundations under King Alfred to the martyrdom of King Charles The period of operations and administrations that plot the events of each chapter shows how the Navy developed in both political ways and in its warfare as a tool of policy and how the King's government protected the shores of England Drawing on all the available sources from the fastness of the National Maritime Museum Professor Rodger became one of the world's experts on the the greatest naval force that ever existed Life on board was hard discipline tough and rations often scarcely adeuate but the Royal Navy was the very first organization the world to have a modern philosophy of promotion on merit Other revelations included how important the Navy was to king's like Henry V who used it comprehensively to assist his invasions of 15th century France But it was than a bunch of lawless privateers but also a ruthless crew of competent seamen and dynamic master captains schooled in the arts of war The first volume charts the transition from soldiers on board to a fully fledged Navy after the Armada was driven off Elizabethan Protestant England understood the significance of an island nation surrounded by water could only earn a living by Mercantilist trading supported by an aggressive Navy The Civil Wars of early 17th century revealed just how protestant it truly was and how big city ports combined with ruthless discipline would marshall all England to conuer the world's shipping lanes in the name of a parliamentary governance Ships became leaner longer and with a draft to cut through the water sail closer to the wind; while English gunnery was renowned early on for its devastating tactical effects England learnt from richer nations; how to build ships like the French fast and well constructed and how marines could be put on board to expand on another English specialism Expeditionary forces From the medieval period marines or soldiers were landed in Bordeaux to defend trade with the western fringes of Europe Auitaine was a place where wine would become so essential to a trading empire filling up the yards of the port of London with goods

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The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 660 1649S 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 perceptionRodger has prepared an admirable historical record that will be read and reread in the years ahead Times Lond. Superbly researched and densely detailed history of military use of naval vessels from the days of Alfred the Great up to the execution of Charles I As Rodger points out it is not really a history of the British Navy as we understand that term Until the last half century covered by this book there is no such thing The navy consisted of privateers commandeered merchant vessels etcThe first half the textwhich totals only 434 pages the other two hundred pages consisting of appendices with lists of when ships were built commanders naval terms and notes covering up to the Tudor era is fairly dry and academic There is little else that can be done with this part of the history we simply don't have the details for Rodgers to be able tell tales of sea battles commanders and incidents at sea But once Rodgers gets to the Henry VII and primary source materials include these details while never losing sight of the goal of a serious academic history he starts telling a tale worthy of any adventure story The stories of Drake Hawkins and the characters on the Navy Board were great reading and set up the other parts of the book on other aspects of war at seaRodger rights his book as a series of chapters on these different aspects over specific periods of time Thus he gives us chapters on the different types of Ships 1066 1455 Operations 1266 1336 Administration 1216 1420 and Social History 1204 1455 the latter discussing where both the commanders and the sailors came from All of these subjects are essential to understanding how what would become the Royal Navy came to beMy only real criticism is that while the book contains a fair number of black and white plates mostly showing images of vessels as they were represented in their own times there is not much to show what the ships really looked like in any kind of proportional representation I've build model ships been to several naval museums with lots of models etc so have a good notion of what ships of the 18th century and later were like but could not get any real sense of what the ships galleys etc of medieval England that Rodgers talks about were really like or even how big they were There is one half page set of silhouettes comparing four ships from the 15th 17th Centuries with the Victory which one can see in Portsmouth But this a small portion of the subject matter of the book and the comparison is limited to the largest of the ships from this era Henry Grace a Dieu 1514 Sovereign of the Seas 1637 Wasa 1628 Grace Dieu 1418 There is nothing depicting the smaller vessels to any kind of scale and for most of the period of this book these smaller vessels were what English Naval History was all aboutStill this is a small uibble and I enjoyed this enormously recommending it highly to anyone interested in English history specifically English not British or European; the naval forces of Scotland Ireland and the continent are mentioned only insofar as necessary to understand what is going on the English generally or naval history of any kind particularly in the age of sail