Book Review: ‘The English and French Navies, 1500–1650’ by B. W. D. Redding

By Andrew Lambert, published November 2022


This important and original comparative study re-assesses the interconnected fortunes of the English and French navies across a critical period, developing the important debates of the past half century, including Jan Glete’s arguments about the intimate connection between navies and state formation, the ‘fiscal-military state’, Michael Roberts’s and Geoffrey Parker’s versions of the ‘Military Revolution’ thesis and the acute scholarship of Alan James, alongside a substantial original research base.

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