The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 660

The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 660 1649 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 perceptionRodger has prepared an admirable historical record that will be read and reread in the years ahead—Times London


About the Author: Nicholas A.M. Rodger

Nicholas Andrew Martin Rodger FBA is a historian of the British Royal Navy and Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College Oxford



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


  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


  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 train


  4. says:

    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


  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 places naval engagement in wider historical context In later chapters the book addresses given periods in separat


  6. says:

    This is a great scholarly reference book for one of my research projects but it is not for casual reading It's dense and detailed in its examination of the naval history of Britain from 660 to 1649 including operational administrative and social aspects A key theme of this book is the slow process by which the peopled of the Br


  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 al


  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 understand that term Until the last half century covered by this book there is no such thing The navy consisted of privateer


  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 t


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