Tudor Warships (1): Henry VIII's Navy (New Vanguard, Volume by Angus Konstam

By Angus Konstam

During this booklet, specialist Angus Konstam explores the fledging Tudor army, tracing its historical past, from its origins as a service provider fleet less than Henry VII via to its emergence as a strong strength lower than Henry VIII. interpreting the operational use of Henry's Tudor warships the writer analyzes the conflict of the Solent in 1545, during which Henry's fleet took on a French fleet of 2 hundred ships - a lot higher than the Spanish Armada many years later. regardless of the good documented lack of his flagship, the Mary Rose Henry's smaller strength succeeded in combating a French victory. even supposing many of us may have heard of the strong Mary Rose, this ebook will inform the tale of greater than simply the tragic sinking of Henry's flagship, describing how one in every of history's so much dynamic kings grew the army from the 5 warships that have been his father's legacy to fifty-three lethal gunships on the vanguard of his empire-building method. via modern illustrations and complicated paintings, the writer strains the altering face of warship layout throughout the Renaissance as Henry cleared the path for English dominance of the sea.

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1521 1513 (U) Kateryn Galley (80 tons). 1527 1536 (B) Lion (140 tons - galleass). Listed as a ship from 1549. 1552 1539 (B) Jennet (180 tons - galleass). Listed as a ship from 1549. 1589 1542 (B) Dragon (140 tons - galleass). 1552 1543 (B) Galley Subtile (200 tons). 1560 1543 (B) New Bark (200 tons - galleass). Listed as a ship from 1549. 1565 1544 (B) Swallow (200 tons - galleass). Listed as a ship from 1549. Sold 1603 A bronze demi-cannon, recovered from the wreck of the Mary Rose. It was cast by the Italian gun founder Francisco Arcanus in his foundry in Blackfriars in London in 1536.

1514 1513 (P) Henry Hampton (120 tons). 1521 1513 (U) Mary Imperial (100 tons). 1525 1517 (U) Less Bark (180 tons). Renamed Small Bark, 1536. 1552 1518 (B) Katherine Bark (100 tons). 1525 1519 (U) Trinity Henry (80 tons). 1525 1522 (U) Madeleine ofDeptford (120 tons). 1525 1523 (U) John ofGreenwich (50 tons). 1530 1523 (B) Primrose (160 tons). Rebuilt as 240-ton vessel in 1538. Sold 1555 1523 (B) Minion (160 tons). Rebuilt as 300-ton vessel in 1536. Given away 1549 1524 (B) Mary Guildford (160 tons).

A fire broke out on the French ship and within minutes the Cordeliere was ablaze. The rigging of the Regent and the Cordeliere had also become entwined, and the English ship was unable to free herself. Inevitably the fire spread, and soon both ships were consumed by the flames. Only 20 Frenchmen survived the disaster, although 120 English sailors were rescued from the flames. It was a dismal end to a scrappy battle, but the engagement did contain portents of the future for those willing to look for them.

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