Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy
A concise overview, richly illustrated, of the historical background to the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin novels.This book is a companion to Patrick O'Brian's sea novels, a straightforward exploration of what daily life in Nelson's navy was really like, for everyone from the captain down to the rawest recruit. What did they eat? What songs did they sing? What was the schedule of watches? How were the officers and crew paid, and what was the division of prize-money?
These questions and many more are answered in Patrick O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy. Line drawings and charts help us to understand the construction and rigging of the great ships, the types and disposition of the guns, and how they were operated in battle. A number of contemporary drawings and cartoons illustrate aspects of naval life from the press gang to the scullery. Finally, a generous selection of full-color paintings render the majesty and the excitement of fleet actions in the age of fighting sail.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sriemann - LibraryThing
I've had this book for a while, to look at and get a better idea about the wonderful details in O'Brian's Aubrey/maturin series. This was a very helpful, but still entertaining guide to the major ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ehines - LibraryThing
Nice little book on the Nelson-era navy. Not exhaustive by any means, but would be a good companion for the person just venturing into the Aubrey novels. Read full review