Tom Shippey: Naval history
4 June 1998
Show More The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, Vol. I, 660-1649 by N.A.M. Rodger.
HarperCollins, 691 pp., £25, September 1997, 0 00 255128 4Show More
Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe by Bert Hall.
Johns Hopkins, 300 pp., £25, June 1997, 0 8018 5531 4Show More
“... contact with the enemy. Sixteenth-century English navies were not outmatched – quite the reverse – and one wonders why not. Here Rodger seems to be counterpunching against another thesis, that of CarloCipolla, mentioned nowhere that I can see in the text. In his Guns, Sails and Empires: Technological Innovation and the Early Phases of European Expansion 1400-1700 (1965), Cipolla argued that it was ...”