Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare, 1649-89

A reference work covering every aspect of the British navy in the second half of the 17th century, including naval administration, ship types and shipbuilding, naval recruitment and crews, seamanship and gunnery, shipboard life, dockyards and bases, foreign navies and the Anglo-Dutch wars. Pepys’s Navy was awarded the Samuel Pepys prize for 2009, with the chairman of the awarding panel stating ‘We expect Pepys’s Navy to become an enduring work of reference. Very comprehensive and written with great authority, David Davies has shown his total knowledge of secondary sources balanced by his own research. The excellent descriptions of sea battles and the minutiae of ship-board life are supported by superb illustrations. This is an exceptional successor to his previous book Gentlemen and Tarpaulins (Oxford, 1991).   It is a book we would all like to have on our bookshelves.’