Sir John Mennes

By Sir Geoffrey Callender, published August 1940

Abstract

Before the Civil War Sir John Mennes served in the navy and conveyed Rubens to England. When parliament secured control of the navy he remained loyal to Charles. On the outbreak of war he was appointed Commander in Chief of the Royal forces at sea serving under Prince Rupert until his defeat by Blake. He then acted confidentially for the King and established a reputation as a poet. Following the restoration he was appointed to the office of Controller of the Navy and Navy Board member, one of seven including Pepys, from whom he attracted censorious comments. However with powerful friends he was secure and they remained cordial.

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Filed under: English Civil War | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

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