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Stew art Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 10:36 a.m. PST

hey folks!

I'm getting into Napoleonic Age of Sail gaming but I know little of the history. I am going through some historical fiction (Forrester and OBrian) but I would like to know a little more of the history and how the navy actually worked.

anyone have any recommendations for a beginner in the AoS genre?

-Stew

keithbarker31 Aug 2017 10:54 a.m. PST

Just about ANYTHING by Brian Lavery.

Perhaps Jack Aubrey Commands (as you have read O'Brian) or Nelson's Navy.

Both seem to be on amazon at reasonable prices.

//Keith

LtJBSz Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 10:55 a.m. PST

A while ago I thoroughly enjoyed a book titled "Broadsides" by Nathan Miller. It covers 1775-1815.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

Brian Lavery's "Nelson's Navy" is terrific.

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Osprey has one on "The Royal Navy, 1793--1815"

Andrew Lambert is excellent:

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British and French navies:

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Sam Willis is excellent as well:

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And, this is a terrific book:

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Marshal Saxe31 Aug 2017 11:12 a.m. PST

How can you not mention The Wooden World, by N.A.M Roger? Blasts every myth Hollywood ever taught you. Five bucks, postpaid from the UK.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

The Age of Fighting Sail by CS Forrester is excellent, and it isn't fiction.

whitejamest31 Aug 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

I'd recommend Sam Willis' The Glorious First of June.
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It's a really great look at the tactics and challenges of the time.

keithbarker31 Aug 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

How can you not mention The Wooden World, by N.A.M Roger? Blasts every myth Hollywood ever taught you. Five bucks, postpaid from the UK.

And The Command of the Oceans by the same authour!

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

Thanks everybody! looks like lots of good suggestions.

rmaker01 Sep 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Use Roger with caution. He was entirely to prone to promoting his opinions as facts.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 9:53 a.m. PST

just to follow up: I ordered Sam Willis "Fighting at Sea in the 18th century"

looking forward to reading it.

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