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By Dean King

ISBN-10: 0805066152

ISBN-13: 9780805066159

This finished lexicon offers definitions of nautical phrases, ancient entries describing the folk and political occasions that formed the interval, and precise reasons of the medical, scientific, and biblical references that seem within the novels.

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After eating a “full-cooked” English breakfast at the Master Robert Inn—a walker’s meal if ever there was one—I visited the village’s peaceful flint-wall Norman church. The morning sun glistened on the dew-soaked tombstones as I prepared to strike off over the fields. Soon the sign for the South Downs Way, a national footpath, pointed up a tree-covered cart track, and I took it. As I dodged the deep, muddy ruts of the track, a covey of pheasants burst from a ragged hedge onto a cow pasture. At the top of the cart track, I reached a lane guarded by two gnarly, silver-barked beech trees whose sagging branches were weighted by the half centuries they had seen.

Engaging him on the “Glorious First of June” in 1794, Howe’s line of battle sliced through the French line and engaged it from leeward, capturing six ships and sinking one. But Howe paid little attention to the merchant ships, which reached France with the much-needed grain. In the West Indies, Vice-Admiral Sir John Jervis with Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Grey set about capturing French colonies. Moving rapidly, they took the island of Martinique in February 1794 and then Guadeloupe. But the French quickly retook the latter.

Second, we have tried to use as little jargon as possible in describing the terms. But we haven’t sidestepped it entirely. You will quickly pick up the basic terminology that recurs in the definitions of the more specialized words. In that way, the learning of sailing terminology grows exponentially. You build with each new term, and before you know it, it all crystallizes. You have ascended through the morass of rigging to the maintop, and as you look down, the ship becomes a coherent organic entity.

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