The Age of the Ship of the Line: The British and French Navies, 1650-1815
Jonathan R. Dull. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 250 pp. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.95.
Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake
Colin Pengelly. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2009. 251 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $69.95.
Reviewed by Charles E. Brodine Jr.
Age of Sail enthusiasts should be cheered by the publication of two new books on the history of ships-of-the-line and the men who commanded them. The first of these, by historian Jonathan Dull, aims to illuminate the naval dimension of the seven wars fought between France and Britain between 1689 and 1815.