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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 prom The book was surprising to me because I hadn t realized how little of a navy they had for much of their history For much of the time ships were just borrowed from the often merchant owners If they were damaged or destroyed in a battle there was generally no compensation from the crown There often weren t trained personel just impressed persons and gentlemen to lead The book didn t thrill me since there was unsurprisingly too much detail about ship building maintenance etc That was my flaw though not the book

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

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 wer

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Inent 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 This is a magisterial work of naval history part of a two volume set The book begins with medieval England and ends with the English Civil War Rodger covers technological innovation how the navy was raised and places naval engagement in wider historical context In later chapters the book addresses given periods in separate chapters on social history administration and operational history The structure allows the reader to get a coherent picture of not only the Navy Royal but also the life of the sailor The au


10 thoughts on “The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 660 1649

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    This is a fantastic piece of history I'll spare you the bad nautical jokes but Rodger does a great job of demolishing a number of myths about the Britain and how it was shaped by the sea One might say they run aground on shoals of his erudition I lied It's not a book for everyone but if you enjoy reading about victualing

  3. says:

    The book was surprising to me because I hadn't realized how little of a navy they had for much of their history For much of the time ships were just borrowed from the often merchant owners If they were damaged or destroyed in a battle there was generally no compensation from the crown There often weren't trained personel just impres

  4. says:

    A superbly written analytical and historical account of the Royal Navy from its original foundations under King Alfred to

  5. says:

    This is a magisterial work of naval history part of a two volume set The book begins with medieval England and ends with the English Civil War Rodger covers technological innovation how the navy was raised and pl

  6. says:

    This is a great scholarly reference book for one of my research projects but it is not for casual reading It's d

  7. says:

    Another academic paper pusher giving the World something relevant in exchange for a better tax payer sponsored pension plan In this case Rodger has gone through the pains of interviewing both sailors and officers from the 700s and their service So in this case Rodger brings never seen before information about something others have already pushed dull papers

  8. says:

    Exhaustive At least from when proper records start to show up The early centuries are for obvious reasons uite light on detail and of a broad brush summary of a big canvass

  9. says:

    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 understa

  10. says:

    A bit in depth than my usual history reading First of three volumes on the British navy including technology social settings and administrative framework as well as actual naval operations and each period is broken down into chapters focusing on the aboveI could imagine the book being five stars for a genuine history fanatic But since the topic is the British navy only this means that the casual reader ie me ge