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The Warship Mary Rose (ePub)

The Life and Times of King Henry VIII's Flagship

Seaforth Naval Colour eBooks

Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 59.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781473852853
eBook Released: 23rd April 2014

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This new paperback edition brings the history of Henry VIII's famous warship right up to date with new chapters on the stunning presentation of the hull and the 19,000 salvaged artefacts in the new museum in Portsmouth.

Mary Rose has, along with HMS Victory, become an instantly recognisable symbol of Britain's maritime past, while the extraordinary richness of the massive collection of artefacts gleaned from the wreck has meant that the ship has acquired the status of some sort of 'time capsule', as if it were a Tudor burial site. But she is much more than an archaeological relic; she was a warship, and a revolutionary one, that served in the King's navy for thirty-four years, almost the entire length of his reign.

This book tells the story of her eventful career, placing it firmly within the colourful context of Tudor politics, court life and the developing administration of a permanent navy. And though the author also brings the story right down to the present day, with chapters on the recovery, the fresh ideas and information thrown up by the massive programme of archaeological work since undertaken, and the new display just recently opened at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it is at heart a vivid retelling of her career and, at the end, her dramatic sinking.

With this fine narrative and the beautiful illustrations the book will appeal to the historian and enthusiast, and also to the general reader and museum visitor.

As reviewed in

Essence Magazine

The book is well written and accessible, but also able to fully stand on its own when dealing with readers unfamiliar to the subject matter. Because of the nature of the book and its overall approach, I can fully recommend it to newcomers and people well-versed in the period.

Medieval Warfare, Vol V Issue 5

This book from the English publisher Seaforth Publishing is dedicated to this fascinating ship in a good, understandable English text and with an impressive selection of drawings, photographs and contemporary illustrations.

An excellent work for all who are interested in the ships of the 16th century.

Modell Werft magazine

This new paperback edition brings the history of this famous warship up-to-date with new chapters on the stunning presentation of the hull and the 19,000 salvaged artefacts in the new museum in Portsmouth. The book also tells the story of her eventful career, placing it firmly within the colourful context of Tudor politics, court life and the developing administration of a permanent navy. Beautifully illustrated.

Julian Stockwin
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