Britannia’s Dragon sails into Monmouth

Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales by J. D. Davies
Britannia’s Dragon: A Naval History of Wales by J. D. Davies

Award-winning Historian and Author Dr J D Davies will be visiting Monmouth’s Nelson Museum next month to discuss his latest book Britannia’s Dragon: A Naval History of Wales.

The talk will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £5.00 to include a glass of wine or juice.

Dr Davies will read extracts from his book and discuss key moments in Monmouthshire’s naval history including the visit by Nelson in 1802 and the sinking of HMS Monmouth in 1914.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session where you will be able to ask Dr Davies about the book and his fascinating research into this subject. Britannia’s Dragon is now on sale in the Museum shop and those attending will be able to get their book signed by the author at the end of the evening.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to enjoy exclusive evening access to the Nelson collection, where Museum staff will be on hand to answer more of your questions.

Published by The History Press in 2013, Britannia’s Dragon is the first comprehensive naval history of Wales.

From the earliest times, Welshmen have used the sea, and in turn, the sea has shaped the history of the country in many ways. Welshmen sailed with Drake, Blake and Nelson, with Cook, Franklin and Scott, and in the campaign to suppress the slave trade; and yet the role of Welshmen in ‘official’ naval services has been comparatively neglected in our history. And of course, without Welsh-smelted copper, it is debatable whether Nelson would have won at Trafalgar and become the hero we celebrate in Monmouth Museum today.

Britannia’s Dragon has been receiving great reviews:

‘This is without doubt one of the most significant publications on any aspect of Welsh history thus far during this millennium.’

(Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies)

To purchase tickets

Please call 01600 710630 or visit the The Nelson Museum & Local History Centre, Priory Street, Monmouth NP25 3XA


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