The Line Upon a Wind : An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail, 1793-1815, Paperback

The Line Upon a Wind : An Intimate History of the Last and Greatest War Fought at Sea Under Sail, 1793-1815 Paperback

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In February 1793 France declared war on Britain and Holland and by 1815, established dynasties and kingdoms were overthrown, the United States had been established as a world power and a new age was dawning.

This was to be the longest, hardest and cruellest war ever fought at sea and while the war on land saw the rise of the greatest soldier ever known - Napoleon Buonaparte - the war at sea had the formidable genius of Horatio Nelson.

In The Line Upon A Wind, Noel Mostert has achieved a work of unparalleled research and illuminating analysis.

He has also brought us the story of the daily lives of the sailors on board the fighting ships.

There are heroes and villains, captains so harsh that crews were goaded to mutiny and others whose concern for the welfare of their crews changed life at sea forever.

It is a tale of ordinary men and extraordinary bravery, of the building and navigation of fearsome warships and of a period of tumultuous conflict, change and innovation - maritime history at its very best.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 800 pages, 16
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780712609272



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Terriffic book. There have been few books that have captured the war at sea between the French Revolution and Waterloo in such exacting historical detail yet still preserved the excitement and terror of the seaman's experience of the daring frigate raid, the one on one battle between two equally-matched 74's and the ponderous broadsides of the line of battle. I love reading about this period in either fact or fiction, and this is quite simply one of the best I've read. Superb