While this website is primarily focused on more recent military events and exhibits, such as WW1 and WW2, as a student of history I am not only interested in modern history but in different eras and ages. Especially the Napoleonic period.
Historical fiction through books and film, such as Sharpe, Hornblower, Richard Bolithio, or the relative newcomer, The Dawlish Chronicles, is not merely a form of enjoyable entertainment but helps bring the past to life.
The attention to detail and accuracy can be impressive, and in some cases the events depicted are closer to reality than fiction.The tales of daring captains and heroic engagements, during the pre and Napoleonic period, or the golden age of sail, inspire a certain magic, as do the various types of tall ships themselves with their beautiful lines, ornate detailing and figure heads, not to mention their terrific firepower.
This is a theme that particularly inspires author Rif Winfield, an authority on the subject. One of his most recent books surrounds the Napoleonic period, and is focused on French warships. Along with a previous title that addresses British warships of that period, the book looks into various aspects of ship design and construction as well as the subsequent service history of the vessels, defining their various classes and classifications.
It is the first such offering in English gives providing an in depth and overall picture of the French navy and ships during the last period of sail power, before the advent of steam power.
In their own right both books sound like an interesting read and a valuable resource for model makers, historians or indeed artists. However for fans of naval fiction, seeking an explanation of various terms or vessel types, then they would be an added addition to the book shelf.
More information on this new title can be found on the publisher's website, as can reviews and details of Winfield's other titles.
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