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Roy Adkins



Roy Adkins is a historian and archaeologist, who lives in Devon and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He is author of the bestselling Trafalgar: The Biography of a Battle. Together with his wife, Lesley Adkins, he has also published several other successful books on history and archaeology, including Jack Tar, The War for All the Oceans and The Keys of Egypt. Their books have been translated so far into seventeen languages. Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England is their latest book and is available now in paperback. Their website is www.adkinshistory.com and their blog is http://blog.adkinshistory.com/.

Roy is available for interviews and talks.

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Trafalgar

Roy Adkins
Authors:
Roy Adkins

This is the true story of the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's most significant sea battle, as seen through the smoke-hazed gunports of the fighting ships. In an atmosphere of choking fumes from cannon and musket fire, amid noise so intense it was almost tangible, the crews of the British, French and Spanish ships did their best to carry out their allotted tasks. For over five hours they were in constant danger from a terrifying array of iron and lead missiles fired from enemy guns, as well as the deadly wooden splinters smashed from the ships' hulls by the cannon-balls. While the men manoeuvred the ships and kept the cannons firing, the women helped the surgeons tend the sick or helped the boys - the 'powder monkeys' - in the hazardous job of carrying gunpowder cartridges from the central magazine to the gun decks. Trafalgar set the seal on British naval supremacy, which became the mainspring for the growth of the British Empire, and in the short term not only prevented Napoleon from invading Britain, but also enabled Britain and its Continental allies to mount the campaign that would eventually defeat the French Emperor: without Trafalgar there would be no Waterloo.

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Jack Tar

Roy & Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins
Authors:
Roy & Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins

The Royal Navy to which Admiral Lord Nelson sacrificed his life depended on thousands of sailors and marines to man the great wind-powered wooden warships. Drawn from all over Britain and beyond, often unwillingly, these ordinary men made the navy invincible through skill, courage and sheer determination. They cast a long shadow, with millions of their descendants alive today, and many of their everyday expressions, such as 'skyscraper' and 'loose cannon', continuing to enrich our language. Yet their contribution is frequently overlooked, while the officers became celebrities. JACK TAR gives these forgotten men a voice in an exciting, enthralling, often unexpected and always entertaining picture of what their life was really like during this age of sail. Through personal letters, diaries and other manuscripts, the emotions and experiences of these people are explored, from the dread of press-gangs, shipwreck and disease, to the exhilaration of battle, grog, prize money and prostitutes. JACK TAR is an authoritative and gripping account that will be compulsive reading for anyone wanting to discover the vibrant and sometimes stark realities of this wooden world at war.

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The War For All The Oceans

Roy Adkins, Roy & Lesley Adkins
Authors:
Roy Adkins, Roy & Lesley Adkins