Drake and the Tudor Navy - With a History of the Rise of England as a Maritime Power;
by Julian Stafford Corbett (9781406784107)

Drake and the Tudor Navy - With a History of the Rise of England as a Maritime Power;
Julian Stafford Corbett
Release Date: 01 October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 428
Category: Military
ISBN: 9781406784107
ISBN-10: 1406784109

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION - IN the present edition I have been able to remove a few errors and inaccuracies which have been pointed out to me by the care and kindness of friends both known and unknown, and to add in the notes here and there some additional evidence in support of the views expressed on controversial points. Otherwise the work remains sub stantially the same. Although I have to thank many serious critics for most careful and often too generous treatment of the book, I have seen no reason to modify its main conclusions. On only one important point do I seem tobe at variance with any recognised authority. In the English Historical Review, 1898, p. 582, Professor Laughton disputes the view that Drake invented or introduced the close-hauled line-ahead in 1588, because if he did it was certainly forgotten by 1653. The criticism seems to be due to a want of clearness on my part. In avoiding the expression line of battle and in saying that the Elizabethan tactics were very different from the attack line-ahead as it was afterwards developed, I hoped it would be clear that I did not wish to attribute to Drake a tactical formation which certainly was not fully understood till nearly a century later. All I attribute to him and his school is the first real appreciation of the broadside and the definite adoption, as a fundamental tactical idea, of the line-ahead, as opposed to the lineabreast ofmediaeval and galley warfare. ProfessorLaughton considers that the actual system in vogue in Eliza bethan times was one of groups. I am of the same opinion but the point is that they were groups in lineahead and not in line-abreast. This was the great revolution. It contained in itself theactive germ of the full fledged battle order of the eighteenth century and as it first appeared in the fleet of which Drake was the Vice-admiral and real commander, there seems nothing extravagant in regarding him as the father of a rational system of sailing tactics, unless indeed it can be shown that some other admiral used the formation before him. I have again to thank Dr. Tilton and Mr. Oppenheim for much invaluable help in detecting and amending errors. THAMES DITTON January 1899 J. S. C...

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