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1) Under Enemy Colors   2) A Battle Won   3) A Ship of War (UK)/Take, Burn or Destroy (US)   4) Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead
 
Under Enemy Colours (2007)

A Battle Won (2010)

A Ship of War (2012)


 Under Enemy Colors (2007) Afterword: History and Fiction
The War of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars have been fodder for novelists from the outset, and novels set in the British Navy of that era have long been a species of their own.  If anyone can lay claim to having invented the type it would likely be Frederick Marryat (whose books appeared between 1829 and 1847).

 Historical Timeline
This timeline gives the dates and events from the beginning of the French Revolution (1789) until the Battle of Trafalgar (1805).
  
Suggested Reading
I don't know how many books I read in the name of research for Under Enemy Colours but a figure in the hundreds would not be an exaggeration. My personal library contains over 500 volumes on nautical subjects, though many of these are yachting related. Some books are so esoteric that it is a wonder they were ever printed (Georgian neckcloths and how to tie them), and some bore fruit in only a single paragraph in the UEC (a book on nineteenth century wine making and grape growing methods). Some books turn up too late and one wishes desperately they had been discovered earlier (Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy 1789-1794 by William S. Cormack being such a book). It is surprising which books prove useful; I had never sailed around the harbour of Brest but the great English yachtsman, Claud Worth, had done so extensively early in the 20th century and written about it in his wonderful book Yacht Cruising (of all the old yachting books with which I am familiar, this is my favourite). Some books are purchased from distant sources (ahh, the internet) with great hopes but turn out to be of no use whatsoever. Others are purchased cheaply on a whim and are used almost daily. What follows is a list of books readers of Napoleonic Wars fiction might find interesting. It is by no means complete.
Books on the British Navy and Sailing
Nelson's Navy Brian Lavery Naval Institute Press
Seamanship in the Age of Sail John Harland Naval Institute Press
The Sailor's Word-Book Admiral W.H. Smyth Algrove Publishing
A Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor D. Lever Lee Valley Tools
Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars Robert Gardiner Naval Institute Press
Fleet Battle and Blockade Robert Gardiner Mercury Books/Naval Institute Press
Heart of Oak James P. McGuane Norton
British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817 Riff Winfield Chatham Publishing
The Naval History of Great Britain (six volumes) W.M.James Stackpole Books
The Naval Chronicle (five volumes) edited by Nicholas Tracy Stackpole Books
Trincomalee Andrew Lambert Naval Institute Press
Nelson's Ships Peter Goodwin Stackpole Books
Billy Ruffian David Cordingly Bloomsbury
Command of the Ocean N.A.M. Rodger Norton (UK Penguin)
Most Secret and Confidential Steven E. Maffeo Naval Institute Press
Society and Culture
High Society Venetia Murray Penguin Books
English Society in the 18th Century Roy Porter Penguin Books
The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue Francis Grose Senate/Studio Editions
Cassell's Companion to 18th Century Britain W.A. Speck and Stephen Brumwell Cassell and Company
Who was Who in the Napoleonic Wars Philip J. Haythornthwaite Arms and Armour/Cassell
Regency Etiquette (the Mirror of Graces) A Lady of Distinction R.L. Shep
Late Georgian Costume James Wyatt R.L. Shep
Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire Amanda Foreman Harper Perennial
The French Revolution Christopher Hibbert Penguin Books
Nelson Andrew Lambert Faber
Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy 1789-1794 William S. Cormack Cambridge University Press
Related
Inshore Craft; Traditional Working Vessels of the British Isles Julian Mannering and Basil Greenhill, ed.Chatham

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