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The "Fighting Temeraire" JMW Turner s The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Upwas his masterpiece This title tells the extraordinary tale behind the warship that inspired the painting I first noticed The Fighting Temeraire because of the Temeraire fantasy series by Naomi Novik This book covers the history of the two British ships that shared the name Temeraire the first was a French prize Spanning much of the Age of Sail and featuring many of the most famous battles of the era, The Fighting Temeraire was a real effort to wade through I don t mind working to get through a book A Random Walk Down Wall Street, I glance in your direction , but the learning really has to pa I first noticed The Fighting Temeraire because of the Temeraire fantasy series by Naomi Novik This book covers the history of the two British ships that shared the name Temeraire the first was a French prize Spanning much of the Age of Sail and featuring many of the most famous battles of the era, The Fighting Temeraire was a real effort to wade through I don t mind working to get through a book A Random Walk Down Wall Street, I glance in your direction , but the learning really has to pay off, and I didn t walk away with a real feel for what the age of sail was like Details that would have helped me picture what life on the ship was like were consistently skipped, and yet I was bogged down by dates and names that I could never picture or come to grips with I d like to be friendly to histories about the Age of Sail, but overall this book just didn t do it for me I do like Turner s famous painting of the ship, but that s not terribly unusual I was first exposed to The Fighting Temeraire as a schoolboy in the 60 s, via Sir Henry Newbolt s poem, just before the dramatic curriculum revisions of the late 60 s and 70 s.Now the sunset s breezes shiver,And she s fading down the river,But in England s song for everShe s the Fighting Temeraire.Here is a link to a recording of Newbolt reading his poem is a vast amount of excellent historical fiction on the Royal Navy in the Age of Fighting Sail, e I was first exposed to The Fighting Temeraire as a schoolboy in the 60 s, via Sir Henry Newbolt s poem, just before the dramatic curriculum revisions of the late 60 s and 70 s.Now the sunset s breezes shiver,And she s fading down the river,But in England s song for everShe s the Fighting Temeraire.Here is a link to a recording of Newbolt reading his poem is a vast amount of excellent historical fiction on the Royal Navy in the Age of Fighting Sail, especially of the sailors of the Napoleonic era There are also some useful histories of naval developments and naval warfare of the period There is a thinner selection of popular history of the period, and this books fills a useful role in that It is a history of two ships, the second the namesake of the first Together, they cover a period from the later stage of the Seven Years War to the pioneering of steam Over this period the two Temeraires participated in famous amphibious operations like the capture of Havana, saw blockade duty at Brest, served in the Baltic campaign, operated on the fringe of the Peninsular War at the seige of Cadiz, and served various other roles such as prison hulk and receiving ship At the apogee of that is her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, for which she was celebrated As a part of all this, Sam Willis describes how a Napoleonic era ship of the line was built and maintained, and of how she passed into history as an exemplar of her type, immortalized in verse, and painted by J.M.W Turner in his masterpiece Slightly pedantic and nationalistic at times but a fascinating historical study Wonderful account of the ship that captured two French ships at Trafalgar and was much later the subject of Turner s painting, voted the favorite of the English public The painting, in turn, inspired Newbolt s poem Now the sunset s breezes shiver, And she s fading down the river, But in England s song for ever She s the Fighting Temeraire.

  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • The "Fighting Temeraire"
  • Sam Willis
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 1847249981

About the Author: Sam Willis

Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian and archaeologist and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society He is the author of the best selling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships Series He has consulted on maritime history for many clients including the BBC, Channel 4, NBC America and Christie s Sam s work is coloured by his knowledge and experience of seamanship Sam s unique approach to maritime history and his vivid style of writing has led to him being described as A Nautical Tour de Force.


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