Astrodene Review: The Mountain of Gold by J. D. Davies

I have been eagerly awaiting this second instalment in the ‘Journals of Matthew Quinton’, a sequel to Gentleman Captain, and I wasn’t disappointed. As well as being an excellent naval fiction read, the book continues to educate you about the Restoration period in England. Not all Parliamentarians were happy with the return of the King and whilst the Dutch and French were seen as potential enemies, they had given the King and his court a home during their exile leading to many individual friendships. These insights into the social mores and shipboard life from an earlier period than the many Nelsonian books are very refreshing.

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