How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves

How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves

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"[...]had to give place to Neptune, the long-honoured monarch of the main, and Amphitrite was introduced to keep him company. We recognise in the duckings, the sacrificial ablutions, and in the shaving and fining, the oaths and the penalty. When the hardy seamen of Great Britain first began to steer their ships across the line, they were undoubtedly accompanied by pilots and mariners of the Mediterranean. These, of course, taught them the ceremonies they had been in the habit of performing. The English, as may be supposed, made various additions and alterations suited to their rougher habits and ideas, and what at one time probably retained somewhat of the elegance of its classical origin, became the strange burlesque it now appears.[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.8mm | 562.45g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507675860
  • 9781507675861

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