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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I hoped, 6 Dec 2008
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Mr. Christopher Watton "chris66" (Gloucestershire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 (Hardcover)
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
This review is from: Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 (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
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This review is from: Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 May 2013
This review is from: Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 (Hardcover)
John D Davies give us a well written book about the Navy in the time of Samuel Pepy. Every part of this navy is described. The only critics we can made,it's that about the chapters on the french or dutch navy i'm disagree about his opinion because much new works has been done by historians, as me and other, but it's not published in english. But it's a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pepys's Navy, 9 Jan 2011
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There are a great many books on sailing ships in the 18th and 18th century. This is an invaluable guide to ships and life on board in the 17th century. Perfect for dipping into and has excellent illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pepys's Navy, 24 Jun 2013
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Very good. Interesting for me. Nicely presented. Well illustrated.The computer screen instructs eleven more words are required so her they are.
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