David Loades was born on 19 January 1934. He served in the RAF 1953-55. He gained his BA and PhD at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and subsequently was awarded a D. Litt here. After teaching at St. Andrew’s and Durham Universities in the 1960s and 1970s he was appointed to be Professor of History at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1980. In 1989 he was made Visiting Fellow of All Souls Oxford, where he spent a year completing his research on the Tudor Navy. He took early retirement from Bangor in 1994 and moved to Oxford to concentrate on the British Academy John Foxe Project, of which he had been Director since 1993. He is an Honorary Member of the History Faculty at Oxford University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. For many years he chaired the Publications of the Navy Records Society.
His publications include
• Two Tudor Conspiracies (CUP, 1965).
• The Oxford Martyrs (Batsford, 1970).
• The Reign of Mary Tudor (Benn, 1979).
• The Tudor Navy: An Administrative, Political and Military History (Aldershot, 1992).
• England’s Maritime Empire: Seapower, Commerce and Policy, 1490 – 1690 (Longmans, 2000).
• The Anthony Roll of Henry VIII’s Navy (Navy Records Society, 2000).
• The Fighting Tudors (The National Archive, 2009).
• The Navy of Edward VI and Mary (Navy Records Society, 2011).
• Elizabethan Naval Administration (Navy Records Society, 2013).
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