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English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century Lectures Delivered at Oxford Easter Terms 1893-4   By: (1818-1894)

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English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century is an enlightening and thought-provoking collection of lectures by James Anthony Froude. Originally delivered at Oxford during the Easter terms of 1893-4, Froude's insights into the lives and exploits of English seamen during this pivotal era in history provide a captivating narrative that will engage both history enthusiasts and general readers alike.

Froude's expertise in maritime history is evident throughout the book, as he delves into the lives of renowned figures such as Francis Drake, John Hawkins, and Walter Raleigh. Through meticulous research and an engaging writing style, Froude brings these characters to life and explores the intricate interplay between their individual stories and the broader historical context.

One of the book's strongest aspects is Froude's ability to vividly depict the dangers and challenges faced by English seamen during the sixteenth century. He masterfully describes their encounters with hostile pirates, fierce battles against Spanish Armada, and their daring voyages to the New World. Readers are transported aboard these ships, feeling the tension and excitement of every voyage and battle.

Froude's writing style is accessible and engaging, which allows readers with various levels of historical knowledge to thoroughly enjoy his work. He seamlessly combines historical facts with anecdotes and personal stories, making for an effortless and immersive reading experience. Moreover, Froude does not shy away from presenting the flaws and controversies surrounding these seafarers, giving readers a well-rounded understanding of their achievements and shortcomings.

The only slight drawback of this book is its length, as it may appear daunting to some readers. However, Froude's captivating storytelling and the wealth of information provided make it well worth the investment of time and attention. Furthermore, Froude's meticulous research is evident throughout the lectures, as he draws from a wide range of primary and secondary sources to ensure a comprehensive and reliable account of the events discussed.

Overall, English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century is a remarkable historical work that offers a rich and detailed exploration of the lives of English seamen during an era of great maritime exploration and conflict. James Anthony Froude's passionate and insightful lectures provide a captivating journey through history that will leave readers with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices and accomplishments of these remarkable individuals.

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ENGLISH SEAMEN

IN

THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

LECTURES DELIVERED AT OXFORD EASTER TERMS 1893 4

BY

JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE

LATE REGIUS PROFESSOR OF MODERN HISTORY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

New Edition LONDON LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 1896 [ All rights reserved ] RICHARD CLAY & SONS, LIMITED, LONDON & BUNGAY.

CONTENTS

LECTURE PAGE

I. THE SEA CRADLE OF THE REFORMATION 1

II. JOHN HAWKINS AND THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE 35

III. SIR JOHN HAWKINS AND PHILIP THE SECOND 68

IV. DRAKE'S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD 102

V. PARTIES IN THE STATE 141

VI. THE GREAT EXPEDITION TO THE WEST INDIES 176

VII. ATTACK ON CADIZ 207

VIII. SAILING OF THE ARMADA 238

IX. DEFEAT OF THE ARMADA 272

LECTURE I

THE SEA CRADLE OF THE REFORMATION

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