The views put forward by Corbett in this collection have now been partly discredited, but the collection itself remains of fundamental importance for the study of British naval tactics. It includes both Fighting Instructions in the strict sense, and various orders and memoranda explanatory of them.
Table of Contents
PART I.—EARLY TUDOR PERIOD
PART II.—ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN
PART IV.—THE FIRST DUTCH WAR
PART V.—THE SECOND DUTCH WAR
PART VI.—THE THIRD DUTCH WAR TO THE REVOLUTION
PART VII.—WILLIAM III. AND ANNE
PART VIII.—ADDITIONAL FIGHTING INSTRUCTIONS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
PART IX.—THE LAST PHASE
Julian Corbett was born on 12 November 1854 was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge where he took a first class degree in law, becoming a barrister in the Middle Temple in 1877, practising until 1882, when he turned to writing, starting with historical novels about the Tudor period. He died on 21 September 1922.