Molly Joyful's List Of Useful Resources: Royal Navy History / General History 18th Century

2 August, 2007 at 8:22 pm 3 comments

The idea behind this link-collection – gathered during these last months all over the internet, in personal LJs and communities (so special thanks to all of you who have found a link and shared it!) – was to provide some help to writers who’d like to try their hand at Royal Navy of the Caribbean (or any other Age of Sail) fiction, but are scared away by the same question that kept me from writing in the beginning: “How on earth can I write about something I don’t know a damn thing about?!”

There are books, of course, but one can’t expect of every writer to go out and buy tons of books; not everybody has the time or the financial means to do so. So, while there is a book list (and I really recommend those books!), my main focus was a list of easily accessible online-links.

This is not supposed to be a list covering every tiny bit of naval history; I’m not a historian, I’m a writer. But I thought it would be helpful if a fellow writer sitting over a story and wondering “what was the job of a ship’s surgeon?”, “what was the punishment for theft?”, “what did the uniform of a lieutenant in 1769 look like?” or “what was the price of bread in 1790 compared to the wages?” wouldn’t have to spend hours trawling the net, but could find that information by simply clicking on one handy link.

This list is neither complete (nor will it never be) nor does it cover every single aspect concerning the Age of Sail or the daily life in 18th century Britain. But it will hopefully give you a little help with your writing. And that aside, it’s just fun surfing the past. ๐Ÿ™‚

SOME NOTES

If you know of a great link, please share!

The “people” section could be expanded to a gazillion of people, but I stuck to the three which have influenced the way I’ve written my characters the most, that would be Collingwood, Moore and, to a small degree, Nelson. More might be added, but at the moment, that’s all the “dramatis personae” I’ll add.

I’m aware that the list is very much “Britain focussed”. No disrespect to other seafaring nations, but I limited my research to the facts that I use in my own stories. That’s also the reason why there is only very limited information on pirates. As I’m a slasher, there are quite a few links regarding homosexuality etc. I hope the list still might come in handy. I’ve been a bit of an egoist here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, I’ve tried to check every link – not only to see if it worked or not, but also to check out the content of the rest of the site. I didn’t include any links to websites with racist or overly nationalist content. Being a patriot is fine, being an idiot is not. Should you still find something on a website I’ve linked to that’s looking suspicious, please let me know. I won’t send any traffic to websites of people I’d like to kick with heavy boots on.

Usual disclaimer: I’m not responsible for the content of the websites I linked to, you visit them at your own risk.

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  • 2. HMS dauntless  |  7 December, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I was adding your list to my Links page in wordpress and I was impressed by the fantastic quantity of new and excellent links you’ve digged out. Thank you so much ! You’re doing a great job with this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW, as far as books are concerned, I just finished reading Dudley Pope’s Life in Nelson’s Navy and I recommend it for the pleasant style and the amount of detailed AoS info it contains. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 3. joyfulmolly  |  7 December, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve already collected many more links, and as soon as I find the time, there will be an update (checking the links is tricky – usually I spend hours just reading!)

    Thanks for the tip, you know how grateful I am for any book recommendations! ๐Ÿ˜€

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