The safeguard of the sea : a naval history of Britain, 660-1649 /
N.A.M. Rodger.
1st American ed.
New York : W.W. Norton, 1998-
v. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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New York : W.W. Norton, 1998-
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v. [1] 660-1649
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"Originally published in England under the title: The Safeguard of the sea : a naval history of Britain. Volume One, 660-1649"--T.p. verso.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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England's predominance on the early modern seas is undisputed. There were few navies that could contend against those of this island kingdom. But how did England gain its predominance? To answer this question the early naval historian must be an archaeologist as well as an archivist, and must also contend with the excellence of William Laird Clowes's century-old The Royal Navy. Fortunately, these considerations did not stop Rodger, an Anderson Fellow of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, from completing his important work on the development of the English navy from the early Middle Ages to the end of the Civil War. Rodger's history combines the most recent archaeological and documentary evidence to chart the evolution of English naval supremacy. Sometimes he discusses only the ships; at other times, he devotes chapters to naval operations, administration, and social history. He concludes with five appendixes--"Chronology"; "Ships"; "Medieval Fleets"; "Rates of Pay"; and "Admirals and Officials"--an essential technical glossary, and an exhaustive bibliography. The whole is a product of a adept mind and a tenacious spirit. Recommended for all academic and general audiences. K. R. DeVries; Loyola College in Maryland
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Table of Contents
List of Mapsp. xiii
Illustrationsp. xiv
Forewordp. xvii
A Note on Conventionsp. xix
Introductionp. xxiii
The Three Seas: (660-899; Ships 660-1066)p. 1
The First English Empires: (900-1066)p. 18
The Partition of Britain: (1066-1204)p. 31
The Fall of the House of Anjou: (Operations 1204-1266; Administration 1204-1216)p. 50
Ships of War: (Ships 1066-1455)p. 61
The Northern Wars: (Operations 1266-1336)p. 73
Edward III at Sea: (Operations 1336-1360)p. 91
Decline and Fall: (Operations 1360-1410)p. 109
The Chief Support of the Kingdom: (Administration 1216-1420)p. 117
Captains and Admirals: (Social History 1204-1455)p. 131
The End of the Empire: (Operations 1410-1455; Administration 1420-1455)p. 143
Change and Decay: (1456-1509)p. 153
Departed Dreams: (Operations 1509-1523)p. 164
Precarious Isolation: (Operations 1523-1550)p. 176
The Flower of England's Garland: (Operations 1550-1572)p. 190
The Galley and the Galleon: (Ships 1509-1602)p. 204
The Council of the Marine: (Administration 1509-1574)p. 221
The Spanish War: (Operations 1572-1587)p. 238
The Advantage of Time and Place: (Operations 1588)p. 254
The Method of Jason: (Operations 1589-1603)p. 272
The Path to Fame: (Social History: Officers 1509-1603)p. 297
Sailors for my Money: (Social History: Men 1509-1603)p. 311
The Undertakings of a Maiden Queen: (Administration 1574-1603)p. 327
No More Drakes: (Operations 1603-1630)p. 347
The Inward Cause of All Disorders: (Administration 1603-1630)p. 364
A Diamond in his Crown: (Operations and Administration 1630-1639; Ships 1603-1639)p. 379
One and All: (Social History 1603-1639)p. 395
The Fall of Three Kingdoms: (1640-1649)p. 411
Conclusionp. 427
Chronologyp. 435
Shipsp. 473
Medieval Fleetsp. 490
Rates of Payp. 498
Admirals and Officialsp. 504
Referencesp. 511
Glossaryp. 589
Abbreviationsp. 609
Bibliographyp. 612
Indexp. 663
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