In this first book devoted to Admiral Russell, David West brings us the background and achievements of a man without whom the course o f British History would have been very different.
At the age of 38, Edward Russell raised his flag as Commander-in-Chief of the English Fleet and set in motion a chain of events that saw the rise of British Naval Supremacy around 100 years ahead of Nelson’s famous victory.
As Tom Pocock writes:
‘David West illuminates an overshadowed period of naval history, hitherto a dark age that has been as neglected as it is important. With his knowledge of the management of international and naval affairs, he describes how a now-forgotten admiral, Edward Russell, established lasting British maritime supremacy a century before Nelson. Russell became both Commander-in-Chief of the British fleet and First Sea Lord of the Admiralty; at sea, commanding three times as many ships as did Nelson at Trafalgar, he decisively defeated the French at Barfleur and La Hougue.
David West has performed a signal service for all who are enthralled by our maritime past and relish new discovery.’