Author Results for Susan Rose

A Re-appraisal of the King’s Ships in the Reigns of Richard I and John, 1189–1216

By Susan Rose

Claims have been made for the establishment of an English royal navy in the twelfth century. This article offers a reappraisal of the documentary evidence to assess whether Richard the Lionheart or his younger brother John can be credited with creating this instrument of royal power. Their use of ships in warfare and the possession […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Early Modern
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Navies

Vegetius and Taccola: Was medieval writing on war at sea of any practical use?

By Susan Rose

For much of the medieval period little time was devoted to the discussion of how war should be waged at sea. Discussion on war was often based on the writings of Flavius Vegetius Renatus, from the late fourth or early fifth century. His short treatise De re militari is based on the works of earlier […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

Maritime Logistics and Edward I’s Military Campaigns: what can be Learnt from the Surviving Documentation?

By Susan Rose

This article examines the use made of shipping to support Edward I’s military campaigns. It concentrates particularly on the period 1299-1301 looking in detail at fleets assembled on the west coast in 1299-1300 and the east coast in 1300-1 to provide logistical support to English armies fighting in Scotland. The evidence relating to these fleets […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Digs and Documents: Gaps in our Knowledge of Medieval Shipping

By Susan Rose

The article traces the contributions in The Mariner’s Mirror to our understanding of medieval ship building, using visual and documentary evidence. The Grace Dieu is cited as an example of how the study of such ships has developed since 1911. The Newport Ship was an example of a contrasting method, where the ship was dismantled, scanned […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Anchoring and Mooring: an Examination of English Maritime Practice before c.1650

By Susan Rose

The definitions of anchoring and mooring can be blurred. ‘Anchoring’ is a specific action, ‘Mooring’ may describe the use of anchors or the action of being tied alongside a quay using ropes alone. The antecedents of these manoeuvers has been brought into question and the author has delved deep into history to establish any right […] Read More

Filed under: Medieval | Early Modern | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Bayonne and the King’s Ships 1204-1420

By Susan Rose

This article asks and answers many questions about the relationship between the port of Bayonne and the King of England in the thirteenth century. A duty of ship-service was clearly understood and undertaken by ships from Bayonne, and Bayonnese ships were also required to protect shipping engaged in trade between Bayonne and the West Country. […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | English Channel | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Henry V’s Grace Dieu and Mutiny at Sea: Some New Evidence

By Susan Rose

Grace Dieu was  ready for service in 1420.  A recently-found document indicates that she sailed from Southampton with the Earl of Devon’ s expedition to “keep the seas”.   The King’s Council commissioned two gentlemen to take the muster of mariners and soldiers.  The Grace Dieu leaders flatly refused and the crew rose up, insulted, maltreated […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | High Middle Ages | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design