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: Savor the story of the ultimate warship in Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship, which chronicles the history of Sovereign of the Seas, an immensely powerful floating fortress. You will enjoy this gripping tale of an arms race that created and ruined empires, changed the map of the world, and led Europe out of the Renaissance and into the Modern age. Understand how the Sovereign of the Seas became the model for a whole new generation of warships that would dominate naval warfare until the advent of steam power.

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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