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  1. General Naval History 110 items
    1. Text Books 2 items
      Worth Buying a Copy
      1. The command of the ocean: a naval history of Britain, 1649-1815, A. M. Rodger: 1649-1815 - 1949- Rodger, N. A. M. 2006

        Book Essential Key text: worth purchasing your own copy

    2. Useful General Naval Histories 18 items
      Worth Buying if you can find a reasonably priced copy
      1. Command at Sea - Michael A. Palmer April 30, 2007 (Paperback)

        Book 

      2. British warships of the age of sail, 1793-1817 - Rif Winfield 2008

        Book 

      3. British warships in the age of sail, 1817-1863 - Rif Winfield 2014

        Book 

      4. The rise and fall of British naval mastery - 1945- Kennedy, Paul M. c2006

        Book 

      5. Naval power - Jeremy Black 2009

        Book 

      6. Seapower and naval warfare - Richard Harding 1999

        Book 

      7. Commemorating the seafarer: monuments, memorials and memory - Barbara Tomlinson 2015

        Book 

      8. Dictionary of British naval battles - John D. Grainger 2016

        Book 

      9. The British fiscal-military states, 1660-c.1783 - Walsh Patrick, Graham Aaron 2016

        Book 

      10. War, nationalism, and the British sailor, 1750-1850 - Isaac Land, ProQuest (Firm) 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      11. The British seaborne empire - Jeremy Black 2004

        Book Recommended

      12. In Nelson's wake: the Navy and the Napoleonic Wars - James Davey, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2015

        Book 

      13. Nelson, navy & nation: the Royal Navy & the British people, 1688-1815 - Royal Museums Greenwich 2013

        Book Recommended Exhibition Catalogue for the Nelson exhibition we saw at the NMM in Greenwich as part of the London field trip - contains a number of useful naval essays

      14. The influence of sea power upon history 1660-1783 - A. T. Mahan 1987

        Book  An important but dated study

    3. The heyday of sail: the merchant sailing ship 1650-1830 - Robert Gardiner, Ph. M. Bosscher 1995

      Book 

    4. The Line of battle: the sailing warship, 1650-1840 - Robert Gardiner, Brian Lavery 1992

      Book 

    5. Naval wives and mistresses - Margarette Lincoln, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2011

      Book 

    6. Naval wives and mistresses - Margarette Lincoln, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2011

      Book 

    7. Monsoon traders: the maritime world of the East India Company - H. V. Bowen, Robert J. Blyth, John McAleer 2011

      Book 

    8. Masters under God: makers of empire, 1816-1884 - Richard Woodman 2009

      Book 

    9. Strategy before Clausewitz: linking warfare and statecraft, 1400-1830 - Beatrice Heuser 2018

      Book  Chapters 3-6 are useful, esp. Ch5

    10. The naval war film: genre, history, national cinema - Jonathan Rayner 2007

      Book 

    11. Black salt: seafarers of African descent on British ships - R. Costello 2014

      Book 

    12. Some principles of maritime strategy - Julian S. Corbett 1988

      Book 

    13. The 100-gun ship Victory - John McKay 2013

      Book 

    14. English overseas trade, 1500-1700 - Ralph Davis, Economic History Society 1973

      Book 

    15. The 74-gun ship Bellona - Brian Lavery 2003

      Book 

    16. Admirals: the naval commanders who made Britain great - Andrew D. Lambert 2009

      Book 

    17. The sloop of war: 1650-1763 - Ian McLaughlan 2014

      Book 

    18. History of the Royal Navy - Peter Kemp 1969

      Book 

    19. The dress of naval officers - National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 1966

      Book 

    20. The genesis of the naval profession - Norbert Elias, R. Moelker, Stephen Mennell 2007

      Book 

    21. The Admiralty - N. A. M. Rodger 1979

      Book 

    22. Naval leadership and management, 1650-1950: essays in honour of Michael Duffy - Richard Harding, Helen Doe, Michael Duffy 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    23. The Royal Navy - John Leyland 2012

      Book 

    24. The Armada of Flanders - R. A. Stradling 2002

      Book 

    25. The political influence of naval force in history - James Cable 1998

      Book 

    26. Seapower in global politics, 1494-1993 - George Modelski, William R. Thompson 1988

      Book 

    27. Seapower and naval warfare - Richard Harding 1999

      Book 

    28. The evolution of the sailing navy, 1509-1815 - Richard Harding 1995

      Book 

    29. Medieval naval warfare, 1000-1500 - Susan Rose 2002

      Book 

    30. England's sea empire 1550-1642 - David B. Quinn, A. N. Ryan 1983

      Book 

    31. Ocean - Philip Plisson, Christian Buchet, Anne Jankeliowitch 2006

      Book 

    32. The sea and civilization: a maritime history of the world - Lincoln P. Paine 2014

      Book 

    33. The Oxford companion to ships and the sea - Ian Dear, Peter Kemp Kemp 2005

      Book 

    34. Medieval warfare: theory and practice of war in Europe, 300-1500 - Helen J. Nicholson 2004

      Book 

    35. Global lives: Britain and the world, 1550-1800 - Miles Ogborn 2008

      Book 

    36. Maps, Charts, Archaeology 8 items
      1. Maritime archaeology - Keith Muckelroy 1978

        Book 

      2. New found lands: maps in the history of exploration - Peter Whitfield, British Library 1998

        Book 

      3. The charting of the oceans: ten centuries of maritime maps - Peter Whitfield, British Library 1996

        Book 

    37. Empire - Atlantic World and Indian Ocean 11 items
      1. The Oxford handbook of the Atlantic world, 1450-1850 - Nicholas P. Canny, Philip D. Morgan 2013

        Book 

      2. The Atlantic world 2015

        Book 

      3. Britain's oceanic empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, c. 1550-1850 - H. V. Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, John G. Reid 2012

        Book 

      4. The Atlantic world: 1450-2000 - Toyin Falola, Kevin D. Roberts c2008

        Book 

      5. The creation of the British Atlantic world - Elizabeth Mancke, Carole Shammas 2005

        Book 

      6. A new imperial history: culture, identity, and modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660-1840 - Kathleen Wilson 2004

        Book 

      7. The Atlantic world: a history, 1400-1888 - Douglas R. Egerton 2007

        Book 

    38. Journal Articles 7 items
      Available online
    39. Local Histories - Devon and Cornwall 9 items
      1. Historic architecture of HM Naval Base Devonport 1689-1850 - J. G. Coad, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain), Society for Nautical Research 1983

        Book 

      2. Cornish wrecking, 1700-1860: reality and popular myth - Cathryn J. Pearce 2010

        Book 

      3. Cornwall: a history - Philip Payton 2004

        Book 

      4. Historic architecture of HM Naval Base Devonport 1689-1850 - J. G. Coad, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain), Society for Nautical Research 1983

        Book 

      5. Cornwall: a history - Philip Payton 2004

        Book 

      6. Cornwall: a history - Philip Payton 2004

        Book 

  2. Journals 2 items
    Key Online Journals
  3. General Military History 20 items
    Most of these works have useful sections on naval warfare in the period. They are also important for gaining a wider understanding of military and naval developments in the early modern world
    1. The military revolution: military innovation and the rise of the West, 1500-1800 - Geoffrey Parker 1996

      Book Recommended Key text on early modern warfare with sections on naval warfare

    2. The sinews of power: war, money and the English state, 1688-1783 - John Brewer 1994

      Book Recommended An important text for thinking about the development of the British state

    3. A history of warfare - John Keegan 2004

      Book 

    4. European warfare: 1660-1815 - Jeremy Black 1994

      Book 

    5. Empire, war and faith in early modern Europe - Geoffrey Parker 2003

      Book 

    6. European warfare, 1494-1660 - Jeremy Black 2002

      Book 

    7. Religious war and religious peace in early modern Europe - Wayne Ph Te Brake 2017

      Book 

    8. Rethinking military history - Jeremy Black 2004

      Book 

    9. War and British society, 1688-1815 - H. V. Bowen, Economic History Society 1998

      Book 

    10. Rethinking military history - Jeremy Black 2004

      Book 

    11. The military experience in the Age of Reason - Christopher Duffy 1987

      Book 

    12. The Routledge companion to early modern Europe, 1453-1763 - Chris Cook, Philip Broadhead 2006

      Book 

    13. English warfare, 1511-1642 - Mark Charles Fissel 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    14. European warfare, 1350-1750 - Frank Tallett, D. J. B. Trim, ProQuest (Firm) 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book  Ch. 11 for Naval Warfare

  4. Naval Historiography 12 items
    1. Strategy before Clausewitz: linking warfare and statecraft, 1400-1830 - Beatrice Heuser 2018

      Book  Relevant Chapters: 3. The Military Revolution as seen by Contemporaries 4. The Invention of Modern Maritime Strategies: The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604 5. A National Security Strategy for England: Matthew Sutcliffe, the Earl of Essex, and the Cadiz Expedition of 1596 6. Command of the Sea: the Origins of a Strategic Concept

    2. Reflections - Andrew D. Lambert 2010

      Article 

  5. 16th Century 79 items
    1. General Tudor Maritime 8 items
      1. The Tudor Navy: an administrative, political and military history - D. M. Loades c1992

        Book 

      2. Richard Hakluyt and travel writing in early modern Europe - Daniel Carey, Claire Jowitt c2012 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    2. Tudor England 5 items
      General works on the Tudor period - most have maritime and military sections
      1. Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1485-1714 - Roger Lockyer 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      2. England and Europe, 1485-1603 - Susan Doran 1996

        Book 

      3. Tudors and Stuarts on film: historical perspectives - Susan Doran, Thomas S. Freeman 2009

        Book 

    3. Henry VIII 6 items
      1. Henry VIII - E. W. Ives 2007

        Book 

      2. Henry VIII: the quest for fame - J. A. Guy 2014

        Book 

      3. The Mary Rose: [teacher's resource pack] - Mary Rose Trust, BP. 1995 (project pack)

        Book 

    4. Elizabeth I 9 items
      Biographies of the Queen and her reign
      1. Elizabethan naval administration - C. S. Knighton, D. M. Loades, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 2013

        Book 

      2. Elizabeth: the exhibition at the National Maritime Museum - David Starkey, Susan Doran, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2003

        Book 

      3. The foreign relations of Elizabeth I - Charles Beem 2011

        Book 

      4. Elizabeth I - Wallace T. MacCaffrey 2004

        Book 

      5. The watchers: a secret history of the reign of Elizabeth I - Stephen Alford 2013

        Book 

    5. Armada and other Elizabethan Naval Campaigns 28 items
      Note: Most other Elizabethan books will have information on the Armada
      1. Armada, 1588 26 items
        1. The Spanish Armada - Colin Martin, Geoffrey Parker c1999

          Book  The best single volume starting point for research on the Armada

        2. England and the Spanish Armada: the necessary quarrel - James McDermott c2005

          Book 

        3. Captain Cuellar's adventures in Connacht & Ulst... - Hugh Allingham (editor) 1897

          Webpage  A Spanish officer's account of the Spanish Armada and his landing in Ireland. An important and interesting first hand account

        4. Strategy before Clausewitz: linking warfare and statecraft, 1400-1830 - Beatrice Heuser 2018

          Book  Relevant Chapters: 3. The Military Revolution as seen by Contemporaries 4. The Invention of Modern Maritime Strategies: The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604 5. A National Security Strategy for England: Matthew Sutcliffe, the Earl of Essex, and the Cadiz Expedition of 1596 6. Command of the Sea: the Origins of a Strategic Concept

        5. What if?: the world's foremost military historians imagine what might have been - Robert Cowley 1999

          Book  Essay by Geoffrey Parker imagining a Spanish victory in 1588 'The Repulse of the English Fireships'. A very interesting piece that needs to be used with caution

        6. Archaeology 5 items
          1. Elizabeth I's foreign correspondence: letters, rhetoric, and politics - Carlo M. Bajetta, Guillaume Coatalen, Jonathan Gibson 2014

            Book 

          2. Dangerous Talk - David Cressy 14/01/2010

            Book  Useful for understanding Tudor world and hostility to Elizabeth I

      2. Cadiz, 1596 2 items
        1. New Light on the Cadiz Expedition of 1596 - Paul E. J. Hammer 06/1997

          Article 

    6. Privateers and Exploration to the New World - Elizabeth's Naval Commanders 8 items
      Drake, Ralegh, Hawkins
      1. Sir Francis Drake - John Sugden 1996

        Book 

      2. Sir Walter Ralegh - Robert Lacey 2000

        Book 

      3. Sir Francis Drake: the Queen's pirate - Harry Kelsey c2000

        Book 

    7. Europe 15 items
      1. Spain 7 items
        1. The grand strategy of Philip II - Geoffrey Parker 1998

          Book 

        2. Golden Age Spain - Henry Kamen 2004

          Book 

        3. Imperial Spain, 1469-1716 - J. H. Elliott 2002

          Book 

        4. Spain, 1469-1714: a society of conflict - Henry Kamen c2005

          Book 

        5. Philip II: with a new bibliographical essay - Geoffrey Parker c2002

          Book 

        6. Philip II - Patrick Williams 2001

          Book 

      2. Mediterranean - Ottoman Empire 5 items
        1. Osman's dream: the story of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1923 - Caroline Finkel 2007

          Book 

        2. The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1650: the structure of power - Colin Imber 2009

          Book 

        3. The early modern Ottomans: remapping the Empire - Virginia H. Aksan, Daniel Goffman 2007

          Book 

      3. France 2 items
        1. The state in early modern France - James B. Collins 1995

          Book 

  6. 17th Century 27 items
    1. Cromwell's Navy: The Fleet and the English Revolution, 1648-1660 - University of Warwick) Capp, Bernard (Senior Lecturer in History 1992

      Book 

    2. The sloop of war: 1650-1763 - Ian McLaughlan 2014

      Book 

    3. The civil wars: a military history of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660 - J. P. Kenyon, Jane H. Ohlmeyer, J. S. Morrill 2002, c1998

      Book  Chapter by Bernard Capp on Naval Warfare

    4. 1666: plague, war and hellfire - Rebecca Rideal 2017

      Book 

    5. Advancing empire: English interests and overseas expansion, 1613-1688 - L. H. Roper 2017

      Book 

    6. Ireland and the war at sea, 1641-1653 - Elaine Murphy, Royal Historical Society (Great Britain) 2012

      Book 

    7. Pepys's navy: ships, men & warfare, 1649-1689 - J. D. Davies 2008

      Book 

    8. Samuel Pepys: The saviour of the Navy - Arthur Bryant 2013

      Book 

    9. Sir Cloudesley Shovell: Stuart Admiral - Simon Harris 2001

      Book 

    10. Deane's Doctrine of naval architecture, 1670 - Anthony Deane, Brian Lavery 1981

      Book 

    11. War in England, 1642-1649 - Barbara Donagan 2010

      Book 

    12. Samuel Pepys: plague, fire, revolution - Royal Museums Greenwich 2015

      Book 

  7. 18th Century 163 items
    1. Jane Austen and the Navy - B. C. Southam 2005

      Book 

    2. The 100-gun ship Victory - John McKay 2013

      Book 

    3. Naval families, war and duty in Britain 1740-1820 - Ellen Gill 2016

      Book 

    4. The worlds of the East India Company - H. V. Bowen, Margarette Lincoln, Nigel Rigby, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2004

      Book 

    5. Britannia rules: the classic age of naval history, 1793-1815 - C. Northcote Parkinson, Royal Naval Museum 1994

      Book 

    6. Representing the Royal Navy: British sea power, 1750-1815 - Margarette Lincoln, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) c2002

      Book 

    7. Trafalgar - Oliver Warner 1959

      Book 

    8. Britain's colonial wars, 1688-1783 - Bruce Lenman 2001

      Book 

    9. The British armed nation, 1793-1815 - J. E. Cookson 1997

      Book 

    10. 18th Century Britain - Life, Society, Politics 13 items
      1. Down and out in eighteenth-century London - Tim Hitchcock 2004

        Book 

      2. The Routledge companion to Britain in the eighteenth century, 1688-1820 - Jeremy Gregory, John Stevenson, Jeremy Gregory 2007

        Book 

      3. Fashioning childhood in the eighteenth century: age and identity - Anja Müller-Wood c2006

        Book 

      4. Behind closed doors : at home in Georgian England - Amanda Vickery 2009

        Book 

      5. Gender in English society, 1650-1850: the emergence of separate spheres? - Robert Brink Shoemaker 1998

        Book 

      6. England in the age of Hogarth - Derek Jarrett c1986

        Book 

      7. London lives: poverty, crime and the making of a modern city, 1690-1800 - Tim Hitchcock, Robert Brink Shoemaker 2015

        Book 

    11. Recruitment and Impressment 12 items
      Press gang; riots etc
      1. The Knowles Atlantic Impressment Riots of the 1740s - Denver Alexander Brunsman 2007

        Article 

      2. New Scholarship on the Press Gang - Part 1 of 2 - Port Towns and Urban Cultures

        Webpage  An interesting online review of recent debates on the issue of the Press Gang

    12. Officers 10 items
      1. The dress of naval officers - National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 1966

        Book 

    13. French Wars, 1789-1815 33 items
      1. In Nelson's wake: the Navy and the Napoleonic Wars - James Davey, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2015

        Book 

      2. Hornblower's historical shipmates: the young gentlemen of Pellew's Indefatigable - Heather Noel-Smith, Lorna M. Campbell 2016

        Book 

      3. The Naval Mutinies of 1797: unity and perseverance - Philip MacDougall, Ann Veronica Coats 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      4. Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon - Tim Clayton, O'Connell Sheila 2015 (the british museum)

        Book 

      5. The Battle of Trafalgar - G. W. Prothero and William Stanhope Badcock 1890

        Article 

      6. Letters by African American Sailors, 1799-1814 - W. Jeffrey Bolster 2007

        Article  Primary Source letters by African American sailors who were pressed into the Royal Navy

      7. British society and the French Wars, 1793-1815 - Clive Emsley 1979

        Book 

      8. The Oxford history of the French Revolution - William Doyle 2002

        Book 

      9. The Longman companion to the French Revolution - Colin Jones 1990, c1988

        Book 

      10. British expeditionary warfare and the defeat of Napoleon, 1793-1815 - Robert K. Sutcliffe 2016

        Book 

      11. The Napoleonic wars, 1803-1815 - David Gates 1997

        Book 

    14. American Revolution 10 items
      1. The American Revolution, 1774-1783 - Daniel Marston 2002

        Book 

      2. The War of American Independence 1775-1783 - Stephen Conway 1995

        Book 

      3. Revolution!: the Atlantic world reborn - Thomas Bender, Laurent Dubois, Richard Rabinowitz, New-York Historical Society 2011

        Book 

    15. Exploration 5 items
      1. Captain Cook in the Pacific - Nigel Rigby, Pieter van der Merwe, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2002

        Book 

      2. William Hodges 1744-1797: the art of exploration - Geoff Quilley, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain) 2004

        Book 

      3. Science and exploration in the Pacific: European voyages to the southern oceans in the eighteenth century - Margarette Lincoln, National Maritime Museum (Great Britain), Endeavour II (Ship) 1998

        Book 

      4. Captain James Cook - Richard Hough 1994

        Book 

    16. Seven Years War 15 items
      1. British art and the Seven Years' War: allegiance and autonomy - Douglas Fordham c2010

        Book 

      2. The Seven Years War - Martin Robson, National Museum of the Royal Navy (Great Britain) 2016

        Book 

      3. The Seven Years War: a study in British combined strategy - Julian S. Corbett, Julian S. Corbett 2001

        Book 

      4. Montcalm and Wolfe - Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893

        Webpage  19th Century account of events at Quebec

    17. War of 1812 4 items
      1. The challenge: America, Britain and the war of 1812 - Andrew D. Lambert 2013

        Book 

    18. Prisoners of War 6 items
      1. The English prison hulks - W. Branch Johnson 1970

        Book 

    19. Journal Articles 18 items
      Available Online
  8. Nelson 4 items
    1. Nelson: love & fame - Edgar Vincent 2003

      Book 

  9. Navy Records Society 15 items
    Important Primary Source Collections of Naval History Documents. Older Volumes are available online from archive.org
    1. Shipboard life and organisation, 1731-1815 - Brian Lavery, Navy Records Society 1998

      Book 

    2. Elizabethan naval administration - C. S. Knighton, D. M. Loades, Navy Records Society (Great Britain) 2013

      Book 

    3. Nelson's letters to his wife and other documents, 1785-1831 - Horatio Nelson Nelson, George P. B. Naish 1958

      Book 

    4. Naval Record Society - Online Volumes 11 items
      These volumes are available online from archive.org
  10. Primary Sources 14 items
    1. Naval Chronicle 5 items
  11. Food and Drink 16 items
    1. Naval Food and Drink 9 items
      Also victualling and administration of food and drink
      1. Feeding Nelson's Navy - JANET MACDONALD 2014

        Book 

    2. Food and Drink - Early Modern Britain 7 items
      1. Beef and liberty - Ben Rogers 2003

        Book 

      2. Food in early modern England: phases, fads, fashions 1500-1760 - Joan Thirsk 2007

        Book 

      3. Alehouses and good fellowship in early modern England - Mark Hailwood 2016

        Book 

  12. Health at Sea 21 items
    1. Naval Medicne 17 items
      1. Health and medicine at sea, 1700-1900 - David Boyd Haycock, Sally Archer 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      2. Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson - Beatty, William, 1773-1842

        Webpage  Beatty was the surgeon on the Victory at Trafalgar who treated Nelson

      3. Seafarers' health and spread of disease - Muhammad Zakaria, Nautical Institute (Great Britain) c2009

        Book 

      4. Hospitals 2 items
    2. Health and Medicne - Early Modern Britain 4 items
      1. Medicine and society in early modern Europe - Mary Lindemann 2010

        Book 

      2. Plague: Black Death and pestilence in Europe - William Naphy, Andrew Spicer 2004

        Book 

      3. Household medicine in seventeenth-century England - Anne Stobart 2016

        Book 

  13. Crime and Punishment 41 items
    1. Martial law and English laws, c.1500-c.1700 - John M. Collins 2016

      Book 

    2. Sexuality (RN and attitudes to homosexuality) 9 items
      1. Sodomy in early modern Europe - Thomas Betteridge c2002

        Book 

      2. Sodomy in early modern Europe - Thomas Betteridge c2002

        Book 

    3. 1797, Mutiny 6 items
      1. The Naval Mutinies of 1797: unity and perseverance - Philip MacDougall, Ann Veronica Coats 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book