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The British Civil Wars at Sea, 1638-1653

The British Civil Wars at Sea, 1638-1653

by Richard J. Blakemore, Elaine Murphy
The British Civil Wars at Sea, 1638-1653

The British Civil Wars at Sea, 1638-1653

by Richard J. Blakemore, Elaine Murphy


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A comprehensive overview of the subject, demonstrating that the maritime aspects of the civil wars were much more important than has hitherto been acknowledged.


The civil wars in England, Scotland and Ireland in the period 1638-1653 are usually viewed from the perspective of land warfare. This book, on the other hand, presents a comprehensive overview of the wars from a maritime perspective. It considers the structure, organisation and manning of the parliamentarian, royalist, and Irish confederate navies, discussing how these changed overthe course of the wars. It also traces the development of the wars at sea, showing that the initial opting for parliament by seamen and officers in 1642 was a crucial development, as was the mutiny and defection of part of the parliamentarian navy in 1648. Moving beyond this it examines the nature of maritime warfare, including coastal sieges, the securing of major ports for parliament, the attempts by royalists to ship arms and other supplies from continental Europe, commerce raiding, and the transportation of armies and their supporters in the invasions of Scotland and Ireland. Overall the book demonstrates that the war at sea was an integral and important part of these dramatic conflicts.

RICHARD J. BLAKEMORE is a Lecturer in the History of the Atlantic World at the Universityof Reading. ELAINE MURPHY is a Lecturer in Maritime/Naval History at the Universityof Plymouth and author of Ireland and the War at Sea, 1641-1653 (Boydell Press, 2012).

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ISBN-13: 9781783272297
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lecturer in Maritime/Naval History, Plymouth University

Table of Contents

Warfare at Sea in the Early Modern Period
The Outbreak of War, 1638-1642
The War at Sea, 1642-1646
Parliament's Navy, 1642-1646
Royalist, Confederate, and Scottish Naval Efforts, 1642-1653
Revolution, 1647-1649
Conquest, 1649-53
Appendix 1: Timeline of the Civil Wars at Sea, 1638-1653
Appendix 2 : Parliamentarian Fleets, 1642-1649

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