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Scotlands Admiral Nicholas Wood

Scotlands Admiral

Nicholas Wood

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A biography of a great historical seamanThought of as Scotlands Nelson, Admiral Sir Andrew Wood was surely the first of a pantheon of naval heroes who would ensure that Britannia ruled the waves for nearly three hundred years.As Admiral to theMoreA biography of a great historical seamanThought of as Scotlands Nelson, Admiral Sir Andrew Wood was surely 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 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 1458-1515), the seagoing merchant of Largo in Fife, Scotland, who prospered as he fought off buccaneers and the fleets of foreign governments till his reputation for mastery of the seas brought him a feudal barony and the rank of 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 characters. It adheres to what is known and credible, while a chronic lack of reliable contemporary written records (even about kings and queens of the period) occasionally makes it necessary ‘to join the dots to complete the picture.All this amounts to a thoroughly fascinating and thrilling read.