This comprehensive lexicon provides definitions of nautical terms, historical entries describing the people and political events that shaped the period, and detailed explanations of the scientific, medical, and biblical references that appear in the novels.
Dean King is the author of many works of nonfiction, including Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed and Every Man Shall Do His Duty. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.
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