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A Sea of Words

A Sea of Words

A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

Dean King; with John B. Hattendorf; and J. Worth Estes

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This comprehensive lexicon provides definitions of nautical terms, historical entries describing the people and political events that shaped the period, and detailed explanations of the scientific, medical, and biblical references that appear in the novels.


Praise for A Sea of Words

“To any disoriented lubber who needs to take a quick bearing on Aubrey's world of staysails and sternposts, it will be a useful compass.” —The Economist

“Dean King's lexicon will charm cultists.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“An outstandingly useful passkey to the wooden world of Britain's Royal Navy in the great age of sail.” —Sea History

“A gem of a book.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

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About the author

Dean King; with John B. Hattendorf; and J. Worth Estes

John B. Hattenborf is a professor of maritime history at the United States Naval War College. J. Worth Estes, Ph.D., is a professor of pharmacology at Boston University and a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century maritime medicine.

Dean King

John B. Hattendorf

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