CHRISTIAN IV AND HIS NAVY. A POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY OF THE DANISH NAVY, 1596-1648.

Bellamy, Martin.


£100.00




Brill, Leiden & Boston, 1st.ed., 2006. Xv + 299 pp., 23 plates, 13 figures & 7 tables. Purple pict. cloth ; white lettering. 24 x 16cm. A few pencil lines in the margins o/w FINE. Dr. Nicholas Rodger's copy with his Review of the book pasted in at rear. A survey of the Danish Navy during the reign of King Christian IV, (he reigned from 1588 to 1648), a monarch who created a large and powerful fleet and built one of Europe's finest dockyards. He was also the only Danish king to command his own fleet in action. As impressive as the Danish Navy was at this period, with its advanced design in ship construction and in the administration of its sailors and dockyard workers, political and military leadership was sadly lacking and reflected the power struggle between the king and his council ' a situation which ultimately led to the navy's crushing defeat at the hands of the Swedish Navy. Dr. Nicholas Rodger's Review, when at the University of Exeter, highlights a number of flaws in Dr. Bellamy's book, but adds that in most respects it is a successful and important book. Illustrated with 23 plates, 13 figures & 7 tables. FINE copy.


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