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Brian Lavery - Author

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Books by Brian Lavery

Shipboard Life and Organisation, 1731-1815

Shipboard Life and Organisation, 1731-1815

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

First published in 1998, this volume explores the Royal Navy which had most of its greatest triumphs in the decades up to 1815, but has received relatively little study of its social life and shipboard administration, beyond popular myth and sensational accounts. This volume starts with the formal structure of naval discipline, with Admiralty instructions and captains' orderbooks. It then looks at how things really happened, using diaries, medical journals, petitions, court martial reports and even the menu book of a semi-literate steward. It reveals many strong characters and colourful incidents of shipboard life, while providing material for study.

The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War, 1600-1815

The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War, 1600-1815

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2020

This all-inclusive volume covers every aspect of fitting out and arming wooden warships in the Royal Navy.

Jack Aubrey Commands

Jack Aubrey Commands

Author: Brian Lavery, Peter Weir Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

The twenty books in the Patrick O'Brian canon featuring the lives and adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and his confidant, naval surgeon Stephen Maturin, have been lauded across the world for their blend of classic storytelling, historical accuracy, and inspired characterizations. In this book, respected naval historian Brian Lavery explores the historical frame-work of the O'Brian novels by examining the facts behind the grand narrative and putting the key episodes in context while detailing naval life in the era of Nelson and Napoleon. With well over a hundred illustrations, the book presents contemporary plans, drawings, engravings, maps, and photographs of museum artifacts that have inspired age-of-sail novelists and moviemakers. Introducing the book is a foreword by Peter Weir, director of the film based on O'Brain's Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World. Avid age-of-sail fans will not want to miss this colorfully detailed complement to the O'Brian series, now available in paperback.

Jack Aubrey Commands

Jack Aubrey Commands

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2020

A well-known British naval historian explores the historical framework of the O'Brain novels in this lavishly illustrated book.

Nelson's Navy

Nelson's Navy

Author: Brian Lavery, Patrick O'Brian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

A fully illustrated, large-format, in-depth description of the Royal Navy in Lord Nelson's time.

Nelson's Navy

Nelson's Navy

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2020

This encyclopedic work gives an in-depth description of all facets of the Royal Navy in Nelson's time.

The Development of the Battlefleet, 1650-1850

The Development of the Battlefleet, 1650-1850

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2020

The Ship of the Line

The Ship of the Line

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2020

Nelson's Navy

Nelson's Navy

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

Patrick O'Brien provides the forward to this edition of the most successful Conway Maritime title. This book is the perfect guide to Nelson's Navy for all those with an interest in the workings of the great fleet. The book is eminently readable and is the first single-volume work to cover in such depth this vast and complex subject. Written by one of the world's leading authorities on the sailing navy the book contains considerable original research to give a clear and authentic picture of the Senior Service as a whole. With a foreword by one of the most successful maritime fiction authors of the current age, the book is also of interest to all those with enthusiasm for the literature based on the Nelsonic-era.

We Shall Fight on the Beaches

We Shall Fight on the Beaches

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2019

Brian Lavery, an established authority on the Napoleonic Wars and World War II, articulates the parallels and defining features of these tumultuous periods in our history. He looks at the style and competence of politicians and military commanders and the leadership and example of great men such as Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill and examines unexplored official papers. He also considers the war situation as seen by such literary greats as Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, as well as the opinions of volunteers and servicemen. It provides a unique insight into two distinct periods during which the British national identity was forged and strengthened.

Empire of the Seas

Empire of the Seas

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2019

For four centuries the Royal Navy made Britain the most powerful nation on earth--the true ruler of the waves. But its impact goes far beyond battles on the high seas. This lavishly illustrated tie-in to a major BBC series follows the progress of the Royal Navy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to World War I. Noted historian Brian Lavery reveals how the Royal Navy shaped British industry, innovation, and identity, and eventually how that naval leadership, initiative and courage began to stagnate in the nineteenth century.

In Which They Served

In Which They Served

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Brian Lavery's extensively researched study takes an in-depth look at the officers of the Royal Navy and the various routes they took from initial recruitment and training to their role in the fighting. The first half of the book looks at the selection and training of all types of officers, from experienced yachtsmen and tradesmen to ordinary seamen, and includes a chapter on the training establishment where recruits were prepared for war. The book then follows various recruits into service on board ships. Quotes from well-known actors, writers, and entertainers--John Mills, Alec Guinness, and Evelyn Waugh, among others--show how important their wartime service was to their subsequent careers.

Nelson's Fleet at Trafalgar

Nelson's Fleet at Trafalgar

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Published on the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, this handsomely illustrated book paints a vibrant picture of the most famous battle of the age of sail. Unlike other books on the subject, which are told mostly from Nelson's point of view or evaluate the battle's effect on world strategy, this definitive new assessment sees the battle through the eyes of other individuals involved. Using much new and revealing material, Brian Lavery, one of Britain's foremost maritime historians, traces the lives of several officers and men serving in the fleet, from mobilization in 1803 when press gangs were at their most active and brutal, through the next two years as their ships assembled off Cadiz to blockade the combined French and Spanish fleets, to the high drama of the battle itself and its aftermath. The author examines the Nelson Touch when the admiral took command of the fleet late in September 1805 and the roles the various ships played in the battle. While never neglecting Nelson, one of the era's greatest naval leaders, Lavery focuses on the human stories behind history to pay tribute to the men under Nelson's command and the professionalism that made Nelson's career and victory at Trafalgar possible. The book draws its illustrations from the fabulously rich resources of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Royal Tars

Royal Tars

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Brian Lavery, the pre-eminent historian of the Royal Navy, turns his astute and wide-ranging analytical eye on to its 'lower deck' - the world of the seamen as distinct from the officers of the 'quarterdeck'. If not totally overlooked in the grand narratives of the Senior Service the lower deck is often only noticed when it is a problem. Seamen are difficult to recruit, sometimes they mutiny on board ship, they are liable to drunkenness and venereal disease, they tend to desert or behave in a feckless manner. For the first time in a dedicated volume The Royal Tars of Old England presents the authentic voice, life and social history of the lower deck - how, in the confines of a fighting ship, the men asserted their independence of authority and, as part of this, established a vivid culture with its own values, language and rituals. The volume conveys the character of the seaman, from the early medieval navy through to the post-Trafalgar long peace, his attitudes to those above him and the navy's regulations, and the experience of battle as seen from the gun deck or the fighting top.

Nelson's Victory

Nelson's Victory

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2019

May 2015 is the 250th anniversary of the launch of HMS Victory. While many books have been written about Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, none tell the full story of the ship since she first took to the waters in 1765. Nelson's Victory also tells the story of Horatio Nelson, who was born a few weeks before his most famous ship was ordered, and whose career paralleled hers in many ways. While offering new insights on the battle of Trafalgar, this book says much more about the ship's life as a flagship, a fighting ship, a prison hospital ship, a training ship, a floating courtroom, a signal school, a tourist attraction, and a national icon.

Shipboard Life and Organisation, 1731-1815

Shipboard Life and Organisation, 1731-1815

Author: Brian Lavery Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2019

First published in 1998, this volume explores the Royal Navy which had most of its greatest triumphs in the decades up to 1815, but has received relatively little study of its social life and shipboard administration, beyond popular myth and sensational accounts. This volume starts with the formal structure of naval discipline, with Admiralty instructions and captains' orderbooks. It then looks at how things really happened, using diaries, medical journals, petitions, court martial reports and even the menu book of a semi-literate steward. It reveals many strong characters and colourful incidents of shipboard life, while providing material for study.