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Pepy's Navy: Ships, Men & Warfare 1649-1689 [Hardcover]

J. D. Davies

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Oct. 1 2008
This new reference book describes every aspect the English navy in the second half of the seventeenth century, from the time when the Fleet Royal was taken into Parliamentary control after the defeat of Charles I, until the accession of William and Mary in 1689 when the long period of war with the Dutch came to an end. This is a crucial era which witnessed the creation of a permanent naval service, in essence the birth of the Royal Navy.Every aspect of the navy is covered - naval administration, ship types and shipbuilding, naval recruitment and crews, seamanship and gunnery, shipboard life, dockyards and bases, the foreign navies of the period, and the three major wars which were fought against the Dutch in the Channel and the North Sea. Samuel Pepys, whose thirty years of service did so much to replace the ad hoc processes of the past with systems for construction and administration, is one of the most significant players, and the navy which was, by 1690, ready for the 100 years of global struggle with the French owed much to his tireless work.This book is destined to become a major work for historians, naval enthusiasts and, indeed, anyone with an interest in this colourful era of the seventeenth century. JD Davies's authoritative study of the fledgling Royal Navy - PEPYS'S NAVY: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-1689 - has won the fourth Samuel Pepys Award. In PEPYS'S NAVY, David Davies examines every aspect of the English navy in the second half of the seventeenth century, from the time when the Fleet was taken into Parliamentary control after the defeat of Charles I, until the accession of William and Mary in 1689 when the long period of struggle with the Dutch came to an end. This crucial era witnessed the creation of a permanent naval service, in essence the birth of the Royal Navy.Samuel Pepys played a pivotal role in the creation of a professional navy, first as a member of the Navy Board and later as Secretary to the Admiralty. His thirty years' service did much to replace the ad hoc processes of the past with systems for construction and administration. That, by 1690, the navy was ready for a century of struggle against the French owed much to Pepys's tireless work.The judges, who included the inaugural winner of the Award, Claire Tomalin, were unanimous in their decision to award the prize to David Davies.Speaking on behalf of the judges, Ann Sweeney (Chairman), commented, We expect PEPYS'S NAVY to become an enduring work of reference. Very comprehensive and written with great authority

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848320140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848320147
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.9 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,214,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A seminal work of superb and painstaking scholarship Dec 11 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It was during the mid- to late-1600s that Britain's navy became the basis for what would develop as a world-wide empire upon which 'the sun would did not set'. J. David Davies is Britain's leading naval historian and an expert on British 17th Century navy, it composition, leaders, ships, and deployments. He draws from his decades of research to write "Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men & Warfare 1649-1689", a comprehensive and meticulous history that begins when the 'Fleet Royal' was brought under Parliamentary control during the civil wars through to the accession of William and Mary to the throne of England in 1689 and the conclusion of the naval-based war with the Dutch. Every element of the British navy is addressed from its administration, ship types, shipbuilding, and naval recruitment, to its crews, seamanship, gunnery, shipboard life, dockyards, and bases. Of special note are the three major wars fought against the Dutch in the Channel and the North Sea during this forty year time span. A seminal work of superb and painstaking scholarship, "Pepys's Navy" is profusely embellished with both color and black-and-white illustrations, a list of abbreviations, notes, appendix, a bibliography, and an index. "Pepys's Navy" is a core addition to personal, community, and academic library Naval History reference collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Reference Work Dec 23 2012
By Katherine Pym - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It took me a long time to find this book. As a novelist of London 1660's, I must research to the minute detail or I can't write about it. Up to now, there was not enough information on sailing ships during the mid 17th century. There's information out there but not how the variances are put together, and what ship's items are called. Where the galleys were in the hold, where storage was, what was stored, why the different prows and how it affected ships in rough seas. I also needed proper cutaways of 17th century ships. The most I could find were from children's books. I found one book in a ship manufacturing gift shop that called out several items wrong. How could this happen?

Finally, JD Davies wrote a book that works for me. It explains so much of what I've searched for, and with great detail, with pictures that help one who is visual. Words often do not explain something to its full potential. This tome has explained what I've needed to a plus.

For anyone who researches Early Modern England and its Navy, this is the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Reference Work, to Say the Least Jan. 11 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This encyclopedic work on the English Navy of the 17th Century does for that period, I suppose, what Brian Lavery's Nelson's Navy did for the Napoleonic incarnation of that service. With essays on ship fitting, navigation, on board life, provisioning and more, this will undoubtedly be the go-to reference volume on this subject for years to come. For a more accessible introduction, L.A. Wilcox's Mr. Pepys' Navy is my recommendation, but once you're ready for a real plunge, this is the pool to aim for. Highly Recommended.

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