By Andrew D. Lambert
From the fellow defined through Amanda Foreman as 'one of the main eminent naval historians of our age' comes the tale of the way this country's maritime energy helped Britain achieve extraordinary dominance of the world's financial system. instructed throughout the lives of ten of our such a lot amazing admirals, Andrew Lambert's ebook spans Elizabethan instances to the second one global struggle, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to claim, whilst the military feared he might lose too many ships, 'it takes 3 years to construct a boat; it takes 3 centuries to construct a tradition'.
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The development of English politics was largely directed by Parliament’s ability to control the funds needed for the navy. The link between naval power and commercial opportunity was obvious, building a political consensus that favoured the navy, the ‘senior service’, over the army. Charles Howard For much of the Tudor era, the office of Lord Admiral, which combined a great and profitable office of state with command of the fleet, was held by the Howard family. Closely connected to the royal family by blood and marriage, the newly ennobled Howards rode the Tudor roller-coaster with varying degrees of success.
Spanish Armada The threat he faced was substantial, for Philip II was not a man to do things by halves. He had been offered two invasion plans for the ‘Enterprise of England’. The Marquis de Santa Cruz, his senior admiral, advised sending a fully equipped invasion force direct from Spain, but that was financially impossible. His general in Flanders, the Duke of Parma, favoured a sudden descent from the Low Countries, relying on stealth. Philip combined the two plans, placed Parma in charge, to satisfy papal concerns, and left key details unresolved.
Andrew Lambert Kew INTRODUCTION Searching for the Sublime For four hundred and fifty years a group of small islands off the north-west coast of Europe, moderately populated and not especially favoured by their climate, exerted a disproportionate influence on world affairs. First they defied the superpowers of the age – Spain and then France – then in the process they themselves became a superpower. By the middle of the nineteenth century they had become the base of a unique world empire of trade and profit, the first global power – and in the twentieth century they cashed in those assets to play a vital role in winning three titanic conflicts.