The Building of the Gracedieu, Valentine and Falconer at Southampton, 1416–1420

By Mrs W. J. Carpenter Turner, published February 1954

Abstract

Examines the building in Henry V’s reign of the largest warship, Gracedieu, of the medieval period with her retinue of two balingers, Valentine and Falconer. Largely using the accounts of Robert Berd, her Clerk of Works, it looks at the sources of funding and expenditure on wages and materials, and how surplus stores were fundamental to this process. It also examines her fitting out and complement and offers some reasons as to why she was considered a failure.

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Filed under: English Channel | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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