At its height the British Empire encompassed the whole world, had taken about a quarter of the face of the continents and the English, it seems to me, like to point out this makes it the largest empire the world has ever seen. Gengis Khan had less? Well, I suppose it has been measured. If comparisons matter at all
This was largely made possible by the power of England on the seas and this is why Tony Cocks of Binge Thinking History Podcast is fascinated by the history of the Royal Navy and has started a series about its history. It may take two or three chapters, this is unclear in the first part, which takes us until about 1600.
Clearly the navy prevented any invasion on the British Isles. However, maintaining a navy was costly and complicated and this is taking up much of the first chapter. Once the value of the navy is established, we may well see a different angle coming up
Previously about BTHP:
Win, lose or draw,
Blitz on London,
Battle of Britain,
The American Constitution's British roots.