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Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy - Patrick O'Brian
Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy
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A concise overview, richly illustrated, of the historical background to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin novels.This book is a companion to Patrick O'Brian's sea novels, a straightforward exploration of what daily life in Nelson's navy was really like, for everyone from the captain down to the ... show more
A concise overview, richly illustrated, of the historical background to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin novels.This book is a companion to Patrick O'Brian's sea novels, a straightforward exploration of what daily life in Nelson's navy was really like, for everyone from the captain down to the rawest recruit. What did they eat? What songs did they sing? What was the schedule of watches? How were the officers and crew paid, and what was the division of prize-money? These questions and many more are answered in Patrick O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy. Line drawings and charts help us to understand the construction and rigging of the great ships, the types and disposition of the guns, and how they were operated in battle. A number of contemporary drawings and cartoons illustrate aspects of naval life from the press gang to the scullery. Finally, a generous selection of full-color paintings render the majesty and the excitement of fleet actions in the age of fighting sail. Photographs, drawings, cartoons, charts, and full-color paintings
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780393038583 (0393038580)
ASIN: 0393038580
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 96
Edition language: English
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JasonKoivu
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4.0 Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy
Cast off thy lubberly ways, matey! Men-of-War'll wet yer swab, unfurl yer sailorly grey matter and have ya shipshape and toppin' it the Age o' Sail scholar!I can't keep that shit up...Patrick O'Brian spent much of his life writing about the English Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. You may know him f...
spocksbro
spocksbro rated it
I came across this slim volume (91 pages, text) in a used bookstore quite by chance. It's a collection of essays about life at sea during the "golden age" of the British navy (say, 1750-1850): "The Ships", "The Guns", "The Ship's Company", "Life at Sea" and "Songs". It's by no means a comprehensive ...
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