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English cultural reflections of Chatham 1667

English cultural reflections of Chatham 1667

Ware, Christopher (2017) English cultural reflections of Chatham 1667. MarineBlad (4). pp. 26-30.

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The shock of the Dutch descent on the Thames and Medway was reflected by diarists such as Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn who recorded confusion, fear and humiliation for the English and their King Charles II. What was to follow over the next hundred and forty years was neither the inevitable nor inexorable rise of the Royal Navy. However starting with Anglo Dutch operations the English gained a commercial and military confidence which was to be reflected in public displays and celebrations of victories gained. The building of the Naval Hospital Greenwich gave this solid form especially the Painted Hall and its allegories of British successes. Through the long 18th century the Royal Navy and its officers would be celebrated in in song, ballads & plays and their fashion aped by the nobility. This change in fortune was personified with the Nelson pediment at Greenwich at the start of the 19th century.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chatham, Medway, Thames, 1667, Dutch
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2020 00:52

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