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Hornblower's Navy: Life at Sea in the Age of Nelson

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In this lively study of the British Royal Navy and the men who turned it into the most phenomenal war machine of its day, author Stephen Pope dives into the waves over which Britannia ruled to uncover the fictional realm of C.S. Forester's great hero Horatio Hornblower and the brutal, dramatic, real-life world that inspired Hornblower's adventures. Interestingly, Pope ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Welcome Rain Publishers
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Rachel
Jan 13, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This is a good overview of the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars, richly illustrated with period prints and paintings. It places the British navy in the context of other world power navies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and provides reasons for its unparalleled excellence during this time. The wealth of the British empire was a primary reason for its ruling of the waves, but the fighting spirit of the British was arguably an even more important aspect. By and large, most ...more
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Doing research for a model build in the very near future. I've wanted to build Horatio Hornblower's HMS Lydia for a long time now. I've just seen an amazing model of a similar ship online and now I just have to do it!

Good book. It gives a good overview of the history that is only briefly mentioned in passing in the Hornblower books.
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Jul 26, 2011 Patrick Cox rated it it was amazing
Great source book for background to the men, the ships and the life of the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic Wars...
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