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Kings of the Sea, Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy by J.D. Davies

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This recent book on the Restoration Navy reappraises Samuel Pepys' role and the influence of his brother Prince James on the Restoration Navy. Now, this could have been presented in a dry and scholarly way, but Dr. David Davies' writing is lively and, at times, quite humorous. Nevertheless, while readable, the work is also scholarly with pages of end-notes and references. This book recently won the author the prestigious Anderson Medal for best non-fiction maritime writing, beating out 18 other entries. This book has also been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Maritime Foundation in the Mountbatten Award ‘Best Book’ category, and their citation reads:




This carefully researched and readable history makes a major contribution to understanding the little known but influential roles played by Kings Charles II and James II in promoting the development of the Royal Navy through major reforms, innovation and exploration.  Historically authoritative, this original work provides an invaluable insight into the emerging concept of sea power.  The author’s lucid style and original approach makes this period in the evolution of the Royal Navy accessible to a wide audience.


Thoroughly recommended!

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