A biography of a great historical seaman - a critic's view
Widely thought of as Scotland's Nelson, Admiral Sir Andrew Wood was unquestionably the first of a pantheon of naval heroes who would ensure that Britannia ruled the waves for nearly three hundred years.
As Admiral to the Scottish monarchs James III and James IV, it was his infectious courage, his inherent powers of leadership and diplomacy, and those scores of embarrassing successes against marauding privateers and the best fleets England could throw at him that finally induced the Tudor kings Henry VII and VIII to launch a standing navy that would, in time, establish Great Britain as a world power.
This book is a biographical account of the exciting life and adventures of Sir Andrew Wood (circa 1455-1515), the seagoing merchant of Leith by Edinburgh who prospered as he fought off buccaneers and the fleets of foreign governments till his reputation for mastery of the seas brought him the feudal barony of Largo in Fife and the rank of Lord High Admiral of Scotland. He served kings James III, IV and V, whose turbulent and uncertain times are the setting of this true tale of conspicuous valour, bloody political intrigue and familial love.
Throughout, the book develops the often colourful personalities of the principal and historical characters while, with remarkable erudition, the author closes gaps in factual detail left to us by a lack of surviving contemporary records even about kings and queens of the period. H Merchand
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