By Bellamy, M.J.
In the course of Christian IVs hugely influential reign, the Danish military became probably the most major if wrong navies in Europe.This publication offers a close survey of its politics, management and operation.
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The visit had no overt diplomatic purpose and it seems that the visit, apart from the obvious family reasons, was arranged purely as a show of naval strength. The Kalmar War gave the navy its ﬁrst chance to impress the world with its ﬁghting abilities. Although no great naval battle was fought the navy did impress foreign observers by its size and for its part in taking the forts of Kalmar and Älvsborg. The Frenchman Julien Peleus was particularly eﬀusive in his praise, although his description must be tempered by the fact that he also compared Christian IV and his generals to Alexander, Caesar and Hannibal:84 .
Ken Booth, writing on twentieth century naval policy, gives an interesting analysis of the question of prestige that could easily be applied to the time of Christian IV: prestige is sought not merely or mainly to serve the national interest (although actions are justiﬁed in these terms), but as a political end in itself. 82 The ships built directly after Christian IV’s accession demonstrate his attitude towards his own status and how this was reﬂected in his navy. Great ships, such Tre kroner, were far larger and much more extravagantly decorated than was practicable for real warships.
Bricka & J. A. ), Kong Christian den Fjerdes egenhændige Breve, II, 258–9. Hereafter egenhændige Breve. 28 Charles E. , 1926, 102–8. 29 Erslev, rigsraad og stændermødernes historie, II, 339. 30 Letter to rentemestrene, 13 February 1635, egenhændige Breve, III, 333–4. 31 Letter to Frederik Günther, 24 February 1635, egenhændige Breve, III, 340. 32 Letter to rentemestrene, 1 August 1635, egenhændige Breve, III, 411. the role of the navy 21 Christian IV then turned his attention to Poland which was beginning to threaten Danish pretensions in the Baltic.
Christian IV and His Navy: A Political and Administrative History of the Danish Navy, 1596-1648 (Northern World) by Bellamy, M.J.