This is the first general selection from the substantial body of surviving documents about Elizabeth’s navy. It is a companion to The Navy of Edward VI and Mary I (Vol.157 in the NRS Series), where the apparatus serving both volumes was printed, and it complements the other NRS volumes that deal specifically with the Spanish Armada. This collection concentrates (though not exclusively so) on the early years of Elizabeth’s reign when there was no formal war. From 1558-1585 the navy was involved in a number of small-scale campaigns, pursuit of pirates and occasional shows of force. The documents selected emphasize the financial and administrative processes that supported these operations, such as mustering, victualing, demobilisation, and ship maintenance and repair. The fleet varied in size from about 30 to 45 ships during the period and a vast amount of maintenance and repair was required. The main component of the volume is the massively detailed Navy Treasurer's account for 1562-3 which is followed by and collated with the corresponding Exchequer Account. The documents illustrate just how efficiently the dockyards functioned. They were one of the great early Elizabethan achievements.
'The editors should be commended for producing a valuable collection which has been meticulously referenced and cross-referenced to related volumes of documents. … it is definitely a 'must have' for those researchers in the field as well as a useful addition to scholarly collections and libraries.' The Northern Mariner 'This attractively produced and carefully edited collection provides a wealth of material on Elizabethan naval administration. It is an admirable addition to the publications of the Navy Records Society; it will be of considerable value to naval and maritime historians for the evidence it provides of key aspects of procedure, organisation and personnel, and related matters concerning wages and shipping.' International Journal of Maritime History 'The first truly representative collection of archival documents relating to naval administration spanning the entirety of Elizabeth's reign. … Elizabethan Naval Administration makes a significant contribution to the study of the Tudor Navy … historians and sociologists of the maritime world will find the volume an indispensable addition to their reference collections.' Sixteenth Century Journal ’The volume is remarkable firstly for the range of archives from which it draws material together: not just The National Archives and the Pepys Library but also the Bodleian, the British Library and Hatfield House. There are careful explanations of how different records relate to each other and how they ended up where they now reside, including a helpful appendix on the documents surviving in the British Library, which illuminate the preparation of the Quarter Book…[There are] many attractions of this fine volume.’ Archives and Records
I First Naval Business in the State Papers, II The Navy Treasurer’s Quarter Book for 1562–1563, III The Navy Treasurer’s Declared Account for 1562–1563, IV Extracts from James Humphrey’s Book of Forms, 1568, V Papers relating to Wages and Wage Rates, VI The Navy Victualler’s 1565 Contract and related papers, VII Papers relating to Sir John Hawkins as Treasurer of the Navy, VIII Edward Fenton’s Notebook and other papers relating to the Expedition of 1590. Appendices.