Britannia's Dragon

Britannia's Dragon : A Naval History of Wales

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This is the first book ever written about Wales' part in naval history. Based on extensive research, it tells a compelling story that spans nearly two thousand years, from the Romans to the present. Many Welshmen - and women - have served in both the Royal Navy and the navies of other countries. Welshmen played major parts in voyages of exploration, in the navy's suppression of the slave trade, and in naval warfare from the Viking era to the Spanish Armada, in the American Civil War, both World Wars and the Falklands War. Britannia's Dragon tells their stories in vivid detail.

The navy also did much to shape Wales itself. The town of Pembroke Dock was created by the country's only Royal Dockyard, while the expansion of the coal and copper industries was largely driven by the navy. Comprehensive, enlightening and provocative, Britannia's Dragon also explodes many myths about Welsh history, arguing that most Welshmen in the sailing navy were volunteers not pressed men, and that relative to the size of national populations, proportionally more Welsh seaman than English fought at Trafalgar.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 232 x 30mm | 639.99g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752470132
  • 9780752470139
  • 1,857,526

About J. D. Davies

J. D. Davies is a prize-winning author and one of the leading authorities on British naval history of the 17th century. His latest naval non-fiction book, Pepy's Navy, won the Samuel Pepys prize in 2009. He is Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society, a Vice-President of the Navy Records Society, a member of the Council of the Society for Nautical Research, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the naval historical fiction series The Journals of Matthew Quinton.
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