GENTLEMEN AND TARPAULINS. THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE RESTORATION NAVY.

Davies, J. D.


£75.00




Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1st.ed., 1991. Xii + 270 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The first scholarly study of the personnel of the Royal Navy during the reigns of Charles II and James II ; a fitting alternative to Pepys’s view of the Restoration Navy which, important as it is, presents only a one-sided perspective. Based on new research, the author examines the reactions of naval personnel to the demands imposed by Pepys and analysis the structure of the fleet. He describes the lives and attitudes of both sea officers (the aristocratic ‘gentleman captains’) and the professional seamen (the ‘tarpaulins’) and their quests for promotion, enrichment, and glory in battle. He also explores the nature of life at sea and the role of the Royal Navy in national life during the 17th century. FINE copy.


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