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  • Mutiny on the Spanish Main

  • HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy’s Revenge
  • By: Angus Konstam
  • Narrated by: Sid Sagar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Mutiny on the Spanish Main by Angus Konstam, read by Sid Sagar.

Mutiny on the Spanish Main tells the dramatic story of HMS Hermione, a British frigate which, in 1797, was the site of the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history, which saw the death of her captain and many of her officers. Though her crew handed her over to the Spanish, Hermione was subsequently recaptured in a daring raid on a Caribbean port two years later. Drawing on letters, reports, ship's logs and memoirs of the period, as well as previously unpublished Spanish sources, Angus Konstam intertwines extensive research with a fast-paced but balanced account of the mutiny and its consequences.

Supported by informative inserts on the technical and tactical nuances of seamanship and naval warfare in the period, this book is both a fascinating narrative retelling and an informative guide to one of the most notorious events in the history of the Royal Navy.

©2020 Angus Konstam (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"A vivid account of a forgotten chapter of British naval history." (Dan Snow, historian, TV presenter and broadcaster)

"Angus Konstam is a master of meticulous maritime research and has brilliantly reignited this stirring tale of mutiny, savage murder, treason and subsequent Royal Navy daring and gallant retaliation and retribution. It is a cracking good read." (Admiral Sir Jock Slater, Royal Navy (rtd.), former first sea lord)

"Angus Konstam has delivered a masterful work. Fast moving, fascinating intrigue, incredible action, and heroic retribution by the Royal Navy. Meticulous research includes a surprising impact on US history. Patrick O’Brian would love this book. I couldn’t put it down!" (Admiral Jay L. Johnson, US Navy (rtd.), former chief of naval operations) 

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Angus at his best.

Angus Konstam at his best, shining a spotlight on a piece of forgotten British history. Atmospheric, accurate and well read.

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Good summary of events.

A fascinating story, but one that lacks enough detail and historical accounts of the struggles men and boys faced whilst being subject to the harsh conditions while at sea- this should have been noted of the Spanish navy (who overcrewed the vessel upon its capture, as mentioned in the book, thus worsening living standards aboad). What drove the mutiny is clearly desperation to be rid of the tyrannical Captain Pigot. More chapters on both this and comparisons with mutinies in the Spanish or French navies would have made the book better.