Between 1649 and 1657, Robert Blake commanded British forces during seven successful naval campaigns. He was amongst the first to keep a fleet at sea through the winter and to develop blockades and amphibious landings. His contribution to the daily routine of the British navy was of equal importance.
Blake's letters and despatches give a vivid picture of the British navy at sea during one of the busiest and most exciting periods of its history.
This book is a celebration of Britain's unsung hero, of whom Admiral Nelson wrote, "I shall never be the equal of Blake."