Our fascination with the drama of war at sea is as strong today as it was in the heyday of the sailing ship.This book, written by one of the world's foremost authors on naval warfare, describes the dramatic battles of an age when sail was supreme.Andrew Lambert's comprehensive history examines key naval conflicts from the highest strategic level right down to the experience of the ordinary sailor.Fully illustrated throughout, this book incorporates computer-generated cartography that brings the sea battles to life.
- An in-depth look at ship design and the "floating culture" onboard
- The Anglo-Dutch Wars of 165074, when English commanders challenged Dutch sea power with superior speed, close quarters fighting, and fireships
- The rise and fall of the French Navy under the Sun King, Louis XIV
- The Napoleonic Wars, the defeat of the French fleet, and the rise of British Royal Navy hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson