The English and French Navies, 1500-1650: Expansion, Organisation and State-Building

Redding, Benjamin (2022) The English and French Navies, 1500-1650: Expansion, Organisation and State-Building. Boydell and Brewer. ISBN 9781783276578

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This book traces the advances and deterioration of the early modern English and French sea forces and relates these changes to concurrent developments within the respective states. Based on extensive original research in correspondence and memoirs, official reports and accounts, receipts of the exchequer and inventories in both France, where the sources are disparate and dispersed, and England, the book explores the rise of both kingdoms' naval resources from the early sixteenth to the mid seventeenth centuries. As a comparative study, it shows that, in sharing the Channel and with both countries increasing their involvement in maritime affairs, English and French naval expansion was intertwined. Directly and indirectly, the two kingdoms influenced their neighbours' sea programmes. The book first examines the administrative transformations of both navies, then goes on to discuss fiscal and technological change, and finally assesses the material expansion of the respective fleets. In so doing it demonstrates the close relationship between naval power and state strength in early modern Europe. One important argument challenges the received wisdom about the relative weakness of French naval power when compared with that of England.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: england,france,naval ships,early modern history
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 23:59
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2022 15:34

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