England’s rise to maritime pre-eminence was neither inexorable nor inevitable during the latter part of the 17th century in the wake of the three Anglo-Dutch Wars. With the coming of the joint monarchy of William and Mary, the old enemies, the Dutch Navy and the Royal Navy, were united against the French. The lecture will look at both the naval and mercantile rise of England and subsequently Britain, from the late 17th century to the early decades of the 18th century and how this rise is reflected and exemplified in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College.   

About Dr Chris Ware

Formally on the curatorial staff of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, for 22 years before joining the University of Greenwich where he is a Senior Lecturer in Maritime history. He has written on a range of maritime subjects covering the late 17 early 18 century, including Admiral George Byng, father of the famous-infamous John, the latter was incarcerated in Queen Anne Building of Greenwich Hospital. He has also written fireships and bomb vessels of the period.

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