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By Andrew D. Lambert

From the guy defined through Amanda Foreman as 'one of the main eminent naval historians of our age' comes the tale of the way this country's maritime strength helped Britain achieve unprecedented dominance of the world's financial system. informed in the course of the lives of ten of our such a lot notable admirals, Andrew Lambert's booklet spans Elizabethan instances to the second one international warfare, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to claim, whilst the military feared he could lose too many ships, 'it takes 3 years to construct a boat; it takes 3 centuries to construct a tradition'.

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If the Spanish pushed into Plymouth Sound, they could trap the fleet in an ideal place for a close-range battle. Only when the tide turned after dark that evening could the ships be towed out by their boats. Some of the Spanish admirals had advised Medina Sidonia to attack Plymouth, but his orders were explicit. He was not to land; his job was to rendezvous with Parma. By contrast, Howard had been given a wide discretion, always the key to success at sea. No one in London or Madrid could anticipate the wind and weather or the play of events at Plymouth.

1794 Nelson quoted from Addison’s journal The Spectator of March 1711. The passage on the Sublime is in the June–July edition of 1712. 4. Wilton, A. , American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820–1880, Princeton UP, 2002, pp. 11–13. 5. com/view/printable/17037. 6. , Reading Clausewitz, London, 2002, p. 72. 7. , On War, Howard, M. and Paret, P. , Princeton, 1984, p. 100. 8. I am indebted to my friend Beatrice Heuser’s discussion of this subject in Reading Clausewitz, London, 2002, pp.

The construction of large, militarily useful ships had been encouraged by tonnage bounties on big ships. Most were well-armed, especially those trading into the Mediterranean, where Muslim corsairs cruised against Christian shipping for prizes and slaves. If the nation was to be defended, it would need every man of ability and every ship of force. Drake and his like were the best fighting seamen in the world. Drake dominated the first two years of the undeclared war. A raid on the West Indies and an outrageous attack on the Spanish fleet in Cadiz harbour in 1587 reinforced his celebrity status, ensuring him a prominent role in 1588.

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