For Absolute Beginners:

To learn the naval slang and get more familiar with the time and the life aboard a ship in the 18th century.

The Kydd-Series by Julian Stockwin

Then it’s time to move on to

Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin Series (“Master + Commander”)

Other books you might like:

The Horatio-Hornblower Series by C.S. Forester

The Richard Bolitho Series by Alexander Kent

Warmed up? Good! Time for


Shire Books: niche releases covering just about every research object

The Royal Navy:

The Wooden World: An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy
(Paperback) by N.A.M. Rodger
Review part I:

The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain: 1649-1815
(Paperback) by N.A.M. Rodger
Review of The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain: 1649-1815:

Men Of Honour
(Paperback) by Adam Nicolson

Dressed to Kill – British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions 1748-1857
by Amy Miller
Review of Dressed to Kill:

The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson
(Paperback) by Roger Knight

Captain Cook’s Journal During the First Voyage Round the World (Illustrated Edition)
(Paperback) by James Cook

Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty: The Captain’s Account of the Mutiny and His 3,600 Mile Voyage in an Open Boat
(Paperback) by William Bligh (Author)

Nelson the Admiral
(Hardcover) by Colin White (Author)

Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s Own Hero
(Hardcover) by Max Adams (Author)

Frigate Commander: Graham Moore
(Hardcover) by Tom Wareham (Author)

Feeding Nelson’s Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era
(Paperback) by Janet Macdonald

The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor
by D. Lever

Admiral Collingwood: A fine old English Gentleman
by William Davis (1875) – online version available for free download
Review of “A fine old English Gentleman”:

Not Enough Room To Swing A Cat: Naval Slang And Its Everyday Usage
(Hardback) by Martin Robson
Review of “Not Enough Room To Swing A Cat”:

Animals at Sea

(Hardback) by Liza Verity
Review of”Animals at Sea”:

18th Century General Lifestyle

The Cut of Men’s Clothes: 1600-1900
(Hardcover) by Norah Waugh

The Cut of Women’s Clothes: 1600-1900
(Hardcover) by Norah Waugh

Daily Life in 18th-Century England
by Kirstin Olsen

City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-century London
(Hardcover) by Vic [V.A.C.] Gatrell

Men’s 17th and 18th Century Costume: Cut and Fashion
(Hardcover) by R.I. Davis / William Alan Landes

Whatever Shall I Wear: A Guide to assembling a Woman’s 18th Century Wardrobe
by Mara Riley, illustrations by Cathy (Kate) Johnson

Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England, 1660 – 1770
(Paperback) by Emily Cockayne
Review of “Hubbub”:

Napoleon’s Privates: 2500 Years of History unzipped – new
(Hardcover) by Tony Perrottet
Review of “Napoleon’s Privates”:

The Workhouse Cookbook
(Paperback) by Peter Higginbotham

Slavery and Colonialism / East India Company:

Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World
(Paperback) by Trevor Burnard (Author)

Journal of a West India Proprietor (Oxford World’s Classics)
(Paperback) by Matthew Lewis (Author)

Sugar and Slaves: Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713
(Paperback) by Gary B. Nash (Foreword), Richard S. Dunn (Author)

Trading Places: The East India Company and Asia 1600-1830
(Paperback) by Anthony Farrington (Author)

Homosexuality in the 18th century:

Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830
(Hardcover) by Rictor Norton

Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean
by B.R. Burg

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality and Masculine Identity
(Paperback) by Hans Turley

Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson’s Navy
(Hardcover) by B.R. Burg

If you can’t decide which books to buy or if your budget is as limited as mine (means: skint), here’s my personal “must have” list:

– The Wooden World by N.A.M. Rodger
– Men of Honour by Adam Nicolson
– Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s own hero by Max Adams
– Frigate Commander (Journals of Graham Moore) by Tom Wareham
– The Pursuit Of Victory by Roger Knight

For the slashers among you, I’d definitely also recommend

– Mother Claps’s Molly House by Rictor Norton


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