The swashbuckling English sea captains of the Elizabethan era were a particular breed of adventurer, combining maritime and military skill with a seemingly insatiable appetite for Spanish treasure. Angus Konstam describes these characters, including such well-known sea dogs as Francis Drake, Walter Raleigh, John Hawkins and Martin Frobisher. For about 40 years they fought a private war with the Spanish, and while their success in defeating the Spanish Armada is well known, this book also covers their exploits in the New World.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · The Elizabethan Sea Dogs · The Spanish Main and its Defences · The Elizabethan Art of War · The Sea Dogs in Action · The Ships of the Sea Dogs · Bibliography · Commentary on the colour artwork - Index