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Evangelicals in the Royal Navy, 1775-1815: Blue Lights and Psalm-Singers

Notwithstanding the outpouring of heavyweight publications that attended the 2005 Trafalgar bicentenary, popular perceptions of life in Nelson’s navy still revolve around the brutal, filthy, drink-sodden hellhole presented in recent television adaptations of Hornblower and William Golding’s To the Ends of the Earth trilogy. Serious scholarship, however, paints rather a different picture. For one thing,Continue reading “Evangelicals in the Royal Navy, 1775-1815: Blue Lights and Psalm-Singers”