That Hamilton Woman
Emma and Nelson
Written to accompany an exhibition at the Royal Maritime Museum, this illustrated biography charts the rise and fall of Emma Hamilton. The author frames her story in the broader context of the roles that women played in the daily life of the British Fleet, and examines how she was portrayed by the artists, caricaturists and satirists of the time.
The Seasick Admiral
Nelson and the Health of the Navy
Nelson never enjoyed robust health, and was even seasick when he first set sail. As this book demonstrates, it was his experience of illness and the serious injuries he suffered that made him uniquely aware of the importance of health and fitness to the Navy, using his fame and influence to improve the welfare of his men through better diet, shipboard hygiene, more modern surgical practices and greater attention to convalescence and aftercare.
Master and Madman
The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN
Press-ganged into the Navy as a youth, Anthony Lockwood fought in the Napoleonic Wars and rose to become Surveyor General of New Brunswick in Canada. Driven by a desire to instil democracy, he led a coup that ended with him being shipped back to a lunatic asylum in England.
The so-called 'Dreadnought Revolution' was a modernization plan, instigated by First Sea Lord Jacky Fisher, which replaced all frontline ships of the Royal Navy with 'all big gun' designs driven by faster, more efficient steam turbine engines. This review of the battlecruiser class vessels of this period includes original plans and drawings and an analysis of the design, construction, armament and machinery of the 15 ships built, including Invincible and Indefatigable.
Memory and Medievalism
Studies in Medievalism Volume XV
In this interdisciplinary volume of nine essays, topics include linguistic nationalism in Ivanhoe, Seamus Heaney’s translation of Sweeney Astray, and the role of English translations of the Declaration of Arbroath (1320) in creating Scottish nationalism.
Tudor Diplomacy and The Translation of Power
In a comparative analysis of translations and adaptations which Sir Thomas Wyatt composed when he was in embassy or on other diplomatic missions in Italy, France, Spain and Jerusalem, Rossiter explores how far Reformation politics and diplomacy informed his work.
During the 19th century, it became quite common for women to go sea with their merchant seamen husbands, but rarely did they write books about the experience. Between 1829 and 1831, Abby Jane Morrell accompanied her husband Benjamin on an adventurous voyage that took them from New England to the South Pacific. This is her very accomplished account of that journey aboard the schooner Antarctic.
The Memoirs of Robert Hay
Robert Hay (1789–1847) joined the Royal Navy when he was 14 years old and served on the lower decks as a ‘shoe boy’ during the French wars. After one attempt to desert, he was posted to the East Indies, where he was badly wounded; the next time he got home to Scotland without falling foul of the press gang. Written in 1820, his memoir is a vivid account of naval life – and a wonderful yarn. Edited and introduced by Vincent McInerney.
The Gathering Storm
The Naval War in Northern Europe: September 1939–April 1940
From the fall of Poland in September 1939, to the invasion of Norway in April 1940, the Norwegian historian Geirr Haarr describes fierce naval struggles, including the sinking of Courageous, the German mining of the British East Coast and the Altmark incident. In this meticulously detailed study, Haarr shows that there was no ‘phoney war’ at sea in those early months of the Second World War.
Poetics, Ethics and Affect in the Essais and Other Writings
Discussing themes including thinking and self-knowledge and their communication; the complexities of intersubjectivity; and related stylistic and semantic devices, Guild presents an analysis of Montaigne’s sceptical thinking, ethical preoccupations and his use of figuration.
The Pèlerinage Allegories of Guillaume de Deguileville
Tradition, Authority and Influence
The profoundly influential 14th-century French pilgrimage allegories of Guillaume de Deguileville are discussed here in nine essays (four in French) offering new insights into the allegories’ circulation, cultural context and their impact on European literary history.
The Medieval Book and a Modern Collector
Essays in Honour of Toshiyuki Takamiya
These 40 essays in honour of Professor Takamiya’s 60th birthday reflect his research interests in medieval manuscripts and early printed books, Arthurian literature, and 19th- and 20th-century medievalism. The collection starts with a memoir of the professor’s time in Cambridge by Derek Brewer and the essay subjects include works by Dante, Chaucer, Gower, Nicholas Love, Sir Thomas Malory, John Hardyng and Tolkien.
John the Baptist's Prayer or The Descent into Hell from the Exeter Book
Text, Translation and Critical Study
In this critical edition of the Anglo-Saxon poem commonly known as The Descent into Hell, Rambaran-Olm provides a substantial introduction, including a review of comparative studies and analogous literature, and her commentary offers a fresh interpretation of the poem, arguing the case for renaming it ‘John the Baptist’s Prayer’ to better reflect its central theme. Anglo-Saxon Studies 21.
Chaucer and Array
Patterns of Costume and Fabric Rhetoric in Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde and Other Works
In this study Dr Hodges explores patterns of costume and fabric rhetoric used by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales (the Knight’s, Clerk’s and Miller’s tales), Troilus and Criseyde and other works, including The Tale of Sir Thopas.