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Edward III and the War at Sea


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This book describes naval warfare during the opening phase of the Hundred Years War, a vital period in the development of the early Royal Navy, in which Edward III's government struggled to harness English naval power in a dramatic battle for supremacy with their French and Spanish adversaries. It shows how the escalating demands of Edward's astonishing military ambitions led to an intense period of evolution in the English navy and the growth of a culture of naval specialism and professionalism. It addresses how this in turn affected the livelihoods of England's mariners and coastal communities.
The book covers in detail the most important sea battles of Edward III's reign - Sluys, Winchelsea and La Rochelle - as well as raids and naval blockades. It highlights the systems by which ships were brought into service and mariners recruited, and explores how these were resisted by mariners and coastal communities. It also tells the story of the range of personalities, heroes and villains who influenced the development of the navy in the reign of Edward III.

GRAHAM CUSHWAY holds a PhD in Maritime History from the University of Exeter.


There is much interesting and valuable information here. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

Provides valuable information, based on intensive archival research in government records, regarding the organization and administration of Edward III's navy. The study is greatly aided by the author putting naval activities in context with political, strategic, and military affairs [and] adds much to our knowledge of the Hundred Years War. INTERNATIONAL HISTORY

A detailed survey. [...] It will be of interest to general readers and of use to those more involved in the minutiae of maritime history for whom it offers a useful catalogue of the source material. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARITIME HISTORY

Explores an important topic. Recommended. CHOICE

A clear, authoritative and scholarly narrative. MEDIEVAL WARFARE

A very useful and highly detailed account of maritime activity, ranging from logistical support, and victualling, to participation in war fleets. [...] it is a volume which will be very useful to those working in this period. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NAUTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY


First Published: 19 May 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843836216
Pages: 288
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
Series: Warfare in History
Subject: Medieval History
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 30 Oct 2013