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Robert Blake, General at Sea (1599-1657)
Blake was one of the first to take up arms against King Charles I and as commander of the navy of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth became one of the most renowned seamen in English history. In 1640 he was elected to the Short Parliament and his staunch Puritanism led him to join the Parliamentary cause against King Charles I at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642. He soon won fame as a general by brilliantly defending Lyme, Dorset, in 1644 and by holding Taunton, Somerset, from its besiegers for more than a year 1644-1645. He was appointed General-at-Sea in 1649 and led the English fleet against the Dutch, 1652-1654, and against the Spanish 1656-1657. His articles of war and fighting instructions represented fundamental reforms, which helped to lay the foundations of England's maritime supremacy.
Henry Perronet Briggs
- Image reference: BHC2558
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection