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The Spanish Armada

By: Whiting, Roger

0750936479 / 9780750936477
Stock expected by 22/04/2021
United Kingdom
20 cm 256 p. : ill. (some col.)
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Reprint. Originally published: as The enterprise of England. 1988.

The product of thorough reading of the printed sources and the recent professional literature Times Educational Supplement This highly readable and objective account of the sailing of the Spanish Armada takes the reader into the background behind the action and provides a detailed analysis of what precipitated the disaster for the Spanish fleet.

Beginning with an exploration of the relations between the Spanish and English thrones, and the wider European situation, the book discusses the inevitable slide towards war.

The chief charachters involved are assessed, as are contemporary ship designs and armament.

The central part of the book is concerned with the story of the Armada itself: the journey towards England and the skirmishes in the Channel; the role of the individuals in the struggle; the fireships and the Battle of Gravelines; the problems of embarking the Duke of Parma's army; the terrible journey home of the Armada and the aftermath in England and Spain.

Discoveries made by underwater archaeologists are also assessed.

This is a vivid account of one of the most important events in England's naval history.


1DSE Spain, 3JB c 1500 to c 1600, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, JWF Naval forces & warfare

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