Ernle Bradford

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Ernle Bradford

Ernle Dusgate Selby Bradford (11 January 1922, Cole Green, Norfolk – 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, Rutland.[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, where a commemorative marble plaque exists to his memory.[10] A sometime BBC broadcaster and magazine editor, Bradford was also a prolific author and popular historian, many of his books remaining in print to this day.[10]

List of works

  • Contemporary Jewellery and Silver Design (Heywood & Co., 1950).
  • Four Centuries of European Jewellery (Country Life, 1953).
  • The Journeying Moon (Jarrolds, 1958); reprinted as: The Journeying Moon: Sailing into History.
  • English Victorian Jewellery (Country Life, 1959).
  • The Mighty Hood: The Life and Death of the Royal Navy's Proudest Ship (Hodder & Stoughton, 1959).
  • The Wind Off the Island (Hutchinson, 1960); reprinted as: The Wind off the Island: A Portrait of Sicily and Life on the Mediterranean Sea.
  • US title: A Wind from the North: The Life of Henry the Navigator (Harcourt Brace, 1960); UK title: Southward the Caravels: The Story of Henry the Navigator (Hutchinson, 1961).
  • UK title: The Great Siege: Malta 1565 (Hodder & Stoughton, 1961); US title: The Great Siege (Harcourt Brace, 1961).
  • The Touchstone (Cassell, 1962).
  • Ulysses Found (Hodder & Stoughton, 1963).
  • The Companion Guide to the Greek Isles (Collins, 1963), reprinted many times.
  • Three Centuries of Sailing (Country Life, 1964).
  • The America's Cup (Country Life, 1964).
  • Drake. A Biography (Hodder & Stoughton, 1965); US edition: The Wind Commands Me: A Life of Sir Francis Drake (Harcourt, 1965); subsequently reprinted as Drake: England's Greatest Seafarer.
  • (Editor) The Siege of Malta 1565: Translated from the Spanish Edition of 1568 by Francisco Balbi di Correggio (Folio Society, 1965); reprinted Boydell Press, 2011.
  • Wall of England: The Channel's 2000 Years of History (Country Life, 1966); USA: Wall of Empire: The English Channel (Barnes, 1966).
  • UK title: The Great Betrayal: Constantinople 1204 (Hodder & Stoughton, 1967); USA: The Sundered Cross: The Story of the Fourth Crusade (Prentice Hall, 1967).
  • The Sultan's Admiral: The Life of Barbarossa (USA: Harcourt Brace, 1968; UK: Hodder & Stoughton, 1969).
  • Teach Yourself Antique Furniture (English Universities Press, 1970).
  • Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea (Hodder & Stoughton, 1971).
  • Gibraltar: The History of a Fortress (Hart-Davis, 1971).
  • Cleopatra (Hodder & Stoughton, 1971).
  • The Shield and the Sword: The Knights of Malta (Harper Collins, 1972); US edition: The Shield and the Sword: The Knights of St. John, Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta (Dutton, 1973).
  • Christopher Columbus (Michael Joseph, 1973).
  • The Sword and the Scimitar: The Saga of the Crusades (Victor Gollancz, 1974).
  • Paul the Traveller: Saint Paul and his World (Allen Lane, 1974).
  • Nelson: The Essential Hero (Macmillan, 1977).
  • The Year of Thermopylae (Macmillan, 1980); also published as: Thermopylae: The Battle for the West.
  • Hannibal (Macmillan, 1981); republished by The Folio Society (1996), with an introduction by Kenneth McLeish.
  • The Story of the Mary Rose (Hamish Hamilton, 1982).
  • Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power (Hamish Hamilton, 1984).
  • Siege: Malta 1940-1943 (Hamish Hamilton, 1985).
  • The Great Ship (Hamish Hamilton, 1986); reprinted as: The Great Ship: How Battleships Changed the History of War.


  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. Archived from the original on 10 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019 – via Open WorldCat.
  10. ^ a b "FYCA Page".