The period of the French Wars (1793–1815), known as the golden age of fighting sail in Great Britain because of the extraordinary victories won by the Royal Navy, produced an impressive roster of brilliant flag officers. To date, however, these naval leaders have been overshadowed by the legendary status of their contemporary Admiral Lord Nelson. This book corrects the oversight ...
One hundred years after its first printing, Sir William Clowes's superb seven volume study still retains its position as the preeminent history of the Royal Navy.
Volume 1 covers the period from the early Britons to the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Volume 2 covers the period from James I to the Peace of Utrecht.
Volume 5 covers the Napoleonic Wars.