THE FOUR DAYS’ BATTLE OF 1666: THE GREATEST SEA FIGHT OF THE AGE OF SAIL
448pp., 60 illus., P.B. 2018 reissue. On 1st June 1666, during the second Anglo-Dutch War, a large but outnumbered English Fleet engaged the Dutch off the mouth of the Thames in a colossal battle that was to involve nearly 200 ships and last four days. Like many a defeat, it sparked controversy at the time, and has been the subject of speculation and debate ever since. The battle was an event of such overwhelming complexity that for centuries it defied description and deterred study, but this superbly researched book is now recognised as the definitive English-language account.