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H. R. FOX BOURNE,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty.
The great deeds of England's heroes on the sea during the memorable period of Tudor rule have furnished material for many volumes of special biography, and for numberless briefer memoirs in biographical dictionaries, in antiquarian repertories, and in miscellaneous publications. They have also yielded topics for brilliant episodes and instructive generalizations in histories of all sorts. But nowhere, I believe, except in John Campbell's Lives of the British Admirals (1761), in the Lives of the British Admirals begun by Robert Southey and continued by Robert Bell (1833—1840), and in the Memoirs of the Naval Worthies of Queen Elizabeth's Reign by Mr. John Barrow (1845), has any complete or consecutive account of these deeds been attempted; and there seems to be fair excuse for supplementing these good books with another and a differently planned work.