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    • ISBN:9780857387653
    • Publication date:29 Sep 2011
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The Admiral Benbow

The Life and Times of a Naval Legend

By Sam Willis

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Sam Willis has lectured at Bristol University and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He is the author of Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century: The Art of Sailing Warfare and the highly successful Fighting Ships series for Quercus.

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  • ISBN: 9781849160377
  • Publication date: 29 Sep 2011
  • Page count: 464
  • Imprint: Quercus
'a vibrant picture of life in the British Navy in the century or so leading up to the great age of Nelson' Mail on Sunday. — Mail on Sunday
'A must-read account of the life of a man who embodies a forgotten and undervalued period in Britain's maritime history' Dan Snow. — Dan Snow
'Willis is a magnificent describer of the realities of fighting ships at sea' Sunday Times. — Sunday Times
'Fascinating ... One of the best naval biographies to appear for many years' BBC History Magazine. — BBC History Magazine
'A fascinating biography ... Willis has done a tremendous job of reassessing this neglected period in our rich naval history' Mail on Sunday. — Mail on Sunday
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