Ernle Bradford

Royal Navy officer and historian

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Ernle Bradford

Ernle Dusgate Selby Bradford (11 January 1922, Cole Green, Norfolk, England – 8 May 1986, Malta) was a noted 20th-century British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics.[1][2][3]


The son of Jocelyn Ernle Sydney Patton Bradford and his wife, Ada Louise Dusgate, Bradford was educated in England at Uppingham School.[4] He also served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first Lieutenant of a destroyer.[5]

A keen yachtsman himself, Bradford spent almost 30 years sailing the Mediterranean, and many of his books are set there.[6][7][8] His book, The Journeying Moon describes some of these voyages.[9] It ends with the sale of his Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, Mischief, to HW Bill Tilman, who made a number of significant voyages in it to high latitudes. Bradford lived in Kalkara, Malta for a number of years.[10] Sometime BBC broadcaster and magazine editor, Bradford was a prolific author.[10]

Partial list of works

Books by Ernle Bradford
Year Title
1953 Four Centuries of European Jewellery
1958 The Journeying Moon
1959 The Mighty Hood: The Life and Death of Britain's Proudest Warship
1960 A Wind from the North: The Life of Henry the Navigator
1960 The Wind off the Island
1962 The Great Siege
1963 The Companion Guide to the Greek Islands
1963 Ulysses Found
1964 The America's Cup
1965 Drake: A Biography
1967 The Sundered Cross: The Story of the Fourth Crusade
  • Southward the Caravels: The Story of Henry the Navigator, 1961.
  • The Great Siege, Malta 1565, 1961.
  • The Touchstone, 1962
  • Ulysses Found, 1963.
  • Reisen mit Odysseus, a German edition of the above.
  • Ulisse ritrovato: un'avventura intorno alla Sicilia, an Italian edition of the above, 1982.
  • Thermopylae: The Battle for the West. Also published as The Year of Thermopylae.
  • Hannibal.
  • Paul the Traveller: Saint Paul and his world. 1974; reprinted Barnes & Noble 1993.
  • Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power.
  • Cleopatra.
  • The Sword and the Scimitar: The Saga of the Crusades, 1974
  • The Shield and the Sword: The Knights of Malta. Also published as The Shield and the Sword: The Knights of St. John.
  • The Great Betrayal: Constantinople 1204.
  • The Wind Off the Island.
  • The Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa. Also published as The Sultan's Admiral: The Life of Barbarossa.
  • Christopher Columbus.
  • (Editor): The Great Siege of Malta 1565: Translated from the Spanish Edition of 1568 by Francisco Balbi di Correggio.
  • Nelson: The Essential Hero.
  • The Mighty Hood: The Life and Death of the Royal Navy's Proudest Ship.
  • The Story of the Mary Rose.
  • Siege: Malta 1940-1943.
  • Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea.
  • The Companion Guide to the Greek Isles.
  • Three Centuries of Sailing.
  • The America's Cup.
  • The Journeying Moon.


  1. ^ Miller, Judith (28 September 1986). "Malta, Where Suleiman Laid Siege". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Bradford, Ernle (10 November 2014). Great siege: malta 1565. Open Road Media. OCLC 933438608.
  3. ^ Bradford, Ernle (10 November 2014). "Christopher Columbus". Open Road Media – via Open WorldCat.
  4. ^ "Ernle Bradford". AM Heath Literary Agents.
  5. ^ Bradford, Ernle (1971). Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. pp. 574. ISBN 0-15-158584-9.
  6. ^ Bradford, Ernle (10 November 2014). "Gibraltar: the History of a Fortress". Open Road Media – via Open WorldCat.
  7. ^ Bradford, Ernle (10 November 2014). Paul the traveller: St. Paul and his world. OCLC 933438606.
  8. ^ Bradford, Ernle (10 November 2014). "The Great Ship". Open Road Media – via Open WorldCat.
  9. ^ Bradford, Ernle (10 November 2014). "The Journeying Moon". Open Road Media – via Open WorldCat.
  10. ^ a b "FYCA Page".
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