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Cromwell's NavyThe Fleet and the English Revolution 1648–1660$
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Bernard Capp

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201151.001.0001

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The Floating Commonwealth

The Floating Commonwealth

(p.212) 7 The Floating Commonwealth
Cromwell's Navy

Bernard Capp

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the social characteristics of the so-called ‘floating commonwealth’. It describes the social relationships within the interregnum navy, suggesting that a genuine sense of community and harmony did exist in many interregnum warships. How far the communal spirit extended varied from ship to ship, depending on size, the proportion of volunteers in the crew, and the temperament of the captain and other officers.

Keywords:   social characteristics, floating commonwealth, social relationships, interregnum navy, interregnum warships, sense of community, harmony, communal spirit

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