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

Rodger, N. A. M.

ISBN 10: 039304579X / ISBN 13: 9780393045796
Published by W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of...

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co., New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First American Edition.

Book Type: Remainder

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Provides a history of the British Navy, from early campaigns against the Vikings to the defeat of the Spanish Armada

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"Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves...." The dominance of the British Royal Navy in maritime history is legendary, but this has not always been the case. Various attempts to build and sustain a national standing Navy were attempted by a number of rulers, from Edward the Confessor in the 11th century to Henry V in the 15th century. It wasn't until the Tudor reign (1485 to 1603), however, that a permanent, effective Navy emerged. Until this time the shores of Britain had been susceptible to attack and invasion.

N.A.M. Rodger's compendium on the history of the Royal Navy (the first of a four volume set) reminds us that "the successful navies have been those which rested on long years of steady investment in the infrastructure ... of a seagoing fleet." Emphasizing the important role the Tudors played in building the financial foundation for the Navy, Rodger focuses on the role of Elizabeth I's administration and the amount of money shipbuilding absorbed during her reign. He also traces the evolution of professionalism in the Navy, demonstrating how the rank of naval officer became socially respectable, even though it was not exclusively open to just nobles--indeed, Francis Drake came from an impoverished background--setting a standard that would see the British Navy dominate the oceans for many years.

A fellow in the British National Maritime Museum, Rodger's unique understanding of this history comes across well as he explores a number of themes, ranging from policy and strategy to ship and weapon design. He gathers this information from Anglo-Saxon, Danish, French, Irish, and Spanish sources, carefully weaving these materials into an immense tapestry of incredible depth and scope. In years to come The Safeguard of the Sea promises to be the definitive account of British Naval History long after Britannia has stopped ruling the waves.

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