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Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 [Hardcover]

J. D. Davies
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20 Nov 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

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing; 1st Edition edition (20 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848320140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848320147
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Wales in 1957, J D Davies was educated at Llanelli Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he completed a doctorate in 17th century naval history. He taught History for thirty years, chiefly at Bedford Modern School, where he also served as a Deputy Headmaster. He won the Samuel Pepys prize in 2009 for his book, 'Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89', and is also a previous winner of the Julian Corbett prize for naval history. His acclaimed series of naval historical fiction, 'The Journals of Matthew Quinton', has been published in the UK, North America and Germany. David is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a former Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society and Vice-President of the Society for Nautical Research.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I hoped 6 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book knowing nothing about the quality. However, apart from Frank Fox's "Great Ships - The Battlefleet of King Charles 2nd", a now very hard to get hold of book, which I am lucky enough to own, there are not many books detailing the life and doctrines of the Restoration period.
I can say that the book does not disappoint; covering all aspects of Navy life, in much the same way as the book "Nelson's Navy - its ships men and organisation" did for the Nelson period.

It is well written, and easy to follow with the different aspects in their own chapters and sub chapters, which are as follows;

Part One - The Navy in peace, war and revolution

Part Two - Types of ship

Part Three - Shipbuilding

Part Four - Officers

Part Five - The methods of, and obstacles to naval recruitment

Part Six - Naval crews

Part Seven - The work of the ship

Part Eight - Shipboard life

Part Nine - Dockyards, bases and victualling

Part Ten - Foreign navies

Part Eleven - Strategy and deployment

Part Twelve - Tactics and battle

Part Thirteen - Aftermath

There is a list of abbreviations, notes, appendix, further reading and of course, an index.

The book is sumptuously illustrated throughout its 304 pages with paintings, contemporary drawings and photographs of the navy Board models.

If you are interested in this period, this book certainly will not disappoint, it is very good value for money too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pepys Scholar 23 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
David Davies is establishing himself as the leading scholar of the English seventeenth century Navy. This masterly work is not about a war or a ship or an Admiral, it is about the entire Navy. Its contents are divided up into 13 parts, each part covering a subject such as Tactics and Battle, Shipbuilding, shipboard life and Officers. Davies typically describes a rule or regulation and follows it up with an example of its practical use. The book, in spite of being a considerable reference work, is eminently readable and interesting giving the reader an authoritative insight into the Navy of Samuel Pepys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 6 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover
Very nice illustrations, good text, exactly the right amount of detail. Good job. Would be nice if Mr. Davies would write similar books about the navy of other times (say 1689 to 1750, and pre-1649)...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal book for ebery Tall-ship lover 23 Sep 2013
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What a change from reading about Nelson and his navy! The 1600's and the time of Pepys is a very different era, a different type of ship and a very different way of life to that of the 1800's. I found this book detailed and fascinating - a beautiful book!
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