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Hornblower's navy : life at sea in the age of Nelson
Pope, Stephen.
Personal Author:
First Welcome Rain edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Welcome Rain, 1998.
Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Orion, 1998.

Includes index.
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DA88.P67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
DA88.P67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A superbly illustrated history of Britain's Royal Navy during the two decades of almost continuous warfare after 1793, using C.S. Forster's novelistic treatment of the era as its jumping-off point. Covered are the fighting ships and weapons used, the men of Nelson's navy, the trials and tribulations of life at sea, and discussion of the Royal Navy's global aspirations. Distributed by Angle Publishing Co. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Booklist Review

The tide of maritime interest is rising, washing up a Horatio Hornblower miniseries consisting of four adventurous A&E cable channel programs expansively adapted from Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950), which treats the earliest events of the hero's career. If the miniseries' April debut has been successful enough, these magnanimously illustrated complements should be in demand. McGregor offers a straightforward companion to the shows that implies that care was taken in the casting, scripting, and production; certainly, the leading man is handsome enough. Pope's book, not directly tied to the programs, summarizes Lord Nelson^-era naval warfare: the ships, seamanship, living conditions (which on the lower deck, at least, were barbarous), promotion, administration, tactics, gunnery, etc. Although almost as patriotically British as Forester's novels, Pope doesn't suppress the negative side of the Royal Navy, including the causes of the mutinies of 1797, such as no pay raises for 150 years. Dedicated lovers of sea tales will scrutinize the miniseries and these books with equal interest. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

C.S. Forester's fictional hero, Horatio Hornblower, provides the premise for this brief study of British naval conditions between 1794 and 1815, when Napoleon fought England for control of Europe. Historian Pope describes conditions aboard British warships during this time, beginning with a review of Royal Navy history to 1793 and describing salient developments such as the Navigation Acts, the influence of Robert Blake, technological advances, and the navy's growing professionalism in the face of both internal and external challenges. Among the naval leaders profiled is James Alexander Gordon, cited as the model for Forester's fictional commander Hornblower. While lavishly illustrated with period marine art, the book is just a brief overview of a topic that has attracted much scholarly and popular attention recently. There are also numerous spelling errors throughout the text. Readers should consult David Davies's Nelson's Navy (Stackpole, 1997) or Dudley Pope's Life in Nelson's Navy (Naval Inst., 1996) for a more in-depth treatment of this fascinating topic. Not recommended.ÄHarold N. Boyer, Florence Cty. Lib., SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.