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

The Safeguard of the Sea A Naval History of Britain 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

  • Title: The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, 660-1649
  • Author: Nicholas A.M. Rodger
  • ISBN: 9780393319606
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 HitlThroughout 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 perception Rodger has prepared an admirable historical record that will be read and reread in the years ahead Times London

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    1. 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 Navy.The 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 quite a bit is known and most of it is a tale of gross incompetence and corruption.The British Navy, which in this first of two volumes is really the English Navy, was mainl [...]

    2. 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, norse ship names, and Tudor ship painting practices, than there's certainly no better book than this. Rodger is fantastically learned, and the book ably shows how Britis [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 l [...]

    5. 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 British Isles learnt, relearnt, or did not learn at all how to use the sea for their own defense." And this "process for learning to use the sea was not a matter of g [...]

    6. 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, etc.The first half the text(which totals only 434 pages, the other two hundred pages consisting of appendices wi [...]

    7. A bit more 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 above).I 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) gets a relatively large amount of detail on operations that are impor [...]

    8. This is a fabulous read. Rodger is an authoritative guide to the issues shaping the prehistory of the British navy and our commitment to becoming a naval power. His title it surely ironic, since he comprehensively destroys the image of Britain as "an island fortress". In reality, as Rodgers catalogues, frequent raids and attempted invasions made our coasts a perpetual danger not a defence. Naval power took a long time to emerge. Medieval naval warfare was ineffectual. Building a navy required hu [...]

    9. As the author notes, this is NOT a history of the Royal Navy. It is instead a history of naval activities by the government (or governments, at times). Interestingly the author breaks up the narrative flow to alternate chapters on operations with chapters on manpower and leadership, finances and ship design and building. It's not a casual read and there are parts which get tedious, but for someone seriously interested in the subject it does provide a very useful study. The author, a well known B [...]

    10. First published in 1998, The Safe Guard of the Sea is a detailed naval history of Britain for the years stated. This means that it looks at operations by Ireland, Wales and Scotland as well as England for a refreshing change against a background of Viking incursions in the early years, whilst wars with France and Spain dominate the later years. The level of detail is immense, so much so that is very difficult to absorb at times, and all of this detail is properly supported by numbered citations [...]

    11. Excellent. The rise of the Anglo-Saxon state driven (in part, presumably) by need to finance defences, including naval forces, to counter Scandinavian attacks; Scandinavians in turn build up state to create navy that can overwhelm the English defences.

    12. Very interesting if you are into English Naval history.Approaches the subject from very practical point of view.Builders, material, personnel, pay rates, etc. A lot of detail but, the author keeps it interesting.

    13. Both of the books by Rodger I've read clearly indicated their author's passion for the subject but, by the end, both felt like sex with the elderly: long, too much effort and oh so dry.

    14. Wonderful, enlightening and evocative, but only for people who are really interested in maritime history.

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