Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship

Angus Konstam

Verlag: Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2008
ISBN 10: 0470116676 / ISBN 13: 9780470116678
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Inhaltsangabe: The paperback. Pub Date: 07 2008 Pages: 352 Publisher: John Wiley The Ultimate the Warship Her Departures & Arrivals in Measured 126 feet and she Stretched to 160 feet overall. Her 46.5-foot beam sacrificed speed for the sake of stability. And THE 19 feet of water she drew denied her access to smaller ports. Some saw her enormous size and ungainly proportions as serious drawbacks. but the 102 heavy onze cannon that istled from her flanks guaranteed that this black-hulled. ornately decorated monster would live up to her name : Sovereign of the Seas. The Dutch sailors who faced her in battle called her by another name. The Golden Devil. This immensely powerful floating fortress was the culmination of more than two hundred years of competition among the kingdoms of Europe to create the perfect marriage between guns and ships. Their relentless quest for maritime supremacy had pr...

Vom Autor: This book was almost a quarter century in the making. Back in the summer of 1983 I had just left the Navy, and was busy thinking about what to do next. I was up visiting my parents in Orkney when a magazine came in the mail. An old aunt had died, and while my mother was sorting out her estate the mail was being redirected. She had once been a graduate of St. Andrews University, and they were still sending her their annual Graduates' journal. One day I was idly flicking through it when I came across an article about the foundation of a new department - the Scottish Institute of Maritime Studies, run by a guy called Dr. Colin Martin. It was one of those career-defining moments. The postgraduate course it planned to run involved a combination of maritime archaeology and historical research. I sounded custom made for me. After all, I had dived in the Navy, and studied history at Aberdeen University. Amazingly my reading of the article was followed a week later by a visit to my father by an academic who was touring Orkney - Dr. Geoffrey Parker, then the Professor of Modern History at St. Andrews. He praised the course, and recommended that I should apply.

Three months later I was a student again, and immersing myself quite literally in the world of maritime archaeology. It was all fascinating stuff, but while I found the ships of the ancient world fascinating enough, my real interest lay a little later - the era of the Age of Discovery, and the early days of the sailing battlefleets. When the time came to write my Masters Degree I opted for exactly that period, and over the next year or so I wrote a thesis with the less than snappy title of Naval Artillery to 1550: Its design, evolution and employment. Another part of the appeal was that this was virgin territory - despite Dr. Colin Martin's excavations of Spanish Armada shipwrecks and the recent raising of the Mary Rose, very few people had really looked at the way guns played a major part in the evolution of the Renaissance warship.

Although it sounded glamorous enough, my subsequent career as a maritime archaeologist lasted less than a year. In the summer of 1985 I was hired by the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London to help organise a two week archaeological dig. I stayed for ten years, having discovered a whole new career as a museum curator. Naturally enough my main field was artillery, and over that decade I met hundreds of archaeologists and divers, museum professionals and academics - all of whom added something to my understanding of guns and ships. In 1995 I left for a new job in Florida, where I was immersed in a whole new world of Spanish shipwrecks, sunken treasure and yet more guns lying on the seabed. More than a decade later I found myself back in Scotland, surrounded by the piles of notes, books, photos and drawings accumulated during this 25 year quest to find out more about the ships of the Renaissance. I thought it might be time to put some of it down on paper. This is the result.

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Buchbeschreibung Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Hardback in Dust Wrapper. | Dust Wrapper over Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 9½" x 6¼". [XIV] 338pp. Index. Bibliography. | Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Maps; For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Very Good - in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Artikel-Nr. 176267

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