Admirals by Andrew D. Lambert

By Andrew D. Lambert

From the fellow defined via Amanda Foreman as 'one of the main eminent naval historians of our age' comes the tale of ways this country's maritime strength helped Britain achieve exceptional dominance of the world's financial system. instructed during the lives of ten of our so much notable admirals, Andrew Lambert's ebook spans Elizabethan instances to the second one global warfare, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to claim, whilst the military feared he may lose too many ships, 'it takes 3 years to construct a boat; it takes 3 centuries to construct a tradition'.

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It is my privilege to work in the ideal environment for naval history, where the study of war, strategy and the armed forces is the basis of the curriculum, with students of the highest quality at all levels. King’s has been the academic home of naval history for well over a century, and continues to lead the field. I am indebted to many colleagues, but the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, and Vice-Principal, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, deserve special mentions for their support. My colleague in the Laughton Naval History Unit, Dr Alan James, has not only doubled the number of naval historians in the department, but has done so to remarkable effect.

He built a fort at Milford Haven, where he had landed, and constructed two big warships, the Regent and the Sovereign, armed with guns capable of crippling a ship and many more intended to kill the crew. These were the first English battleships: ships capable of fighting other ships entirely with projectile weapons. They were relatively manoeuvrable and capable of operating at sea for weeks at a time. However, with only two large ships and a handful of forts, Henry proved unable to prevent invasions.

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. It was already common knowledge that Philip was assembling an invasion force, and while a Spanish victory seemed inevitable to many, wiser and better informed men disagreed. The Pope was in no hurry to send Philip any money; instead he provided a Holy Banner and a high-value IOU to be redeemed after the conflict was over. His Holiness was taking an each-way bet on the event, and fancied Elizabeth to win: Sixtus V feared a Spanish monopoly on power and had a sneaking admiration for the feisty heretic Queen.

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