The Dreadnought Revolution of Tudor England

By Geoffrey Parker, published August 1996


The author asks how the Royal Navy developed different types of capital warships and tactics which defeated the Spanish Armada. Utilising detailed charts, graphs and appendices, four main reasons are cited: ‘race-built’ designs, concentration of heavy guns aboard ship, superior rate-of-fire and handling of ordnance, and reliable long-term funding from the English crown. Dreadnought, launched in 1573, is credited to be the first ‘all-big-gun battleship’ of its day, employing long-range gunnery to help defend England from invasion.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | English Channel | The Armada
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons

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