Maturing of Naval Administration 1556-1564
A study of how eight years of sporadic conflict with France revitalised the Navy after the death of Henry VIII. The author shows how the unlikely agent of reform was Philip of Spain whose marriage to Mary Tudor had created an alliance against the French, and how a surge in shipbuilding continued to serve the Navy after Elizabeth I’s accession. Other areas examined are ordnance, victualling and, crucially, the financing made possible by an outstanding Lord Treasurer, William Paulet. By 1588 Spain would have good reason to rue the revolution in naval administration produced by these reforms.