Chronicling one of the most spectacular events of the sixteenth century, The Armada is the definitive story of the English fleet's infamous defeat of ...Show synopsisChronicling one of the most spectacular events of the sixteenth century, The Armada is the definitive story of the English fleet's infamous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The esteemed and critically acclaimed historian Garrett Mattingly explores all dimensions of the naval campaign, which captured the attention of the European world and played a deciding role in the settlement of the New World. "So skillfully constructed it reads like a novel" (New York Times), The Armada is sure to appeal to the scholar and amateur historian alike.Hide synopsis
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I'd read Garrett Mattingly's other work on Renaissance Diplomacy, and hold him in high regard. He manages almost cinematic descriptions of the pivotal historical events surround the Armada's attempt to invade Britain in 1588. I will confess that the maritime action was sometimes difficult to follow, not be so familiar with nautical terminology, but the book was enjoyable and enlightening. I would not like to read more on Henri III of France, as well as the Duke of Parma.
Of the many books about the reign of Elizabeth I, the one I keep coming back to quote is Mattingly's line, "Like all the great love affairs of history, that between Elizabeth and her subjects remains a mystery." This should indicate the level of insight and wit in this remarkable book. I have reread it many times (this is my third copy) and have always come away with new insights and understanding, as well as admiration for the sheer quality of the prose.
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