Royal Historical Soc. / Boydell Press, Woodbridge. Xiii + 253 pp., 2 figures, 3 maps 7 2 tables. Pict. boards. 24 x 16cm. FINE. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, All Souls Coll. Oxon. Feast of St. Benedict of Macerac, 2013." The first full-length study of the war at sea on the Irish coast from the Ulster rising of 1641 to the surrender of Inishbofin Island, the last major royalist maritime outpost, in April 1653. The conflict in these waters was not some peripheral sideshow, but the very epicentre of the naval conflict with serious consequences for the land campaigns in Ireland and elsewhere. Dr. Murphy examines the importance of Irish ports, the engagements between navies, privateers and pirates. She analysis the Irish, British and European dimensions and describes the new naval technologies and tactics that emerged from the war. She also throws light on the wider political and economic developments taking place in Ireland, England and Scotland at this tumultuous period in history. FINE copy.