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This is an auction for THE DEFEAT OF THE SPANISH ARMADA by Garrett Mattingly. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! This history of the Spanish Armada is gripping right from the start - the moment of the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. The protagonists are well described, from Philip of Spain to Pope Sixtus V and Queen Elizabeth, through all the military and naval commanders - from the audacious Drake to the brilliant Duke of Parma or the inexperienced Medina-Sidonia. The naval engagements are brought to life as are the land campaigns which, for instance, tried to secure a Flemish port for the Spaniards to use as a spring board for their army in the Netherlands. Fire-ships, men-of-war, galleys rowed by galley slaves, spies, treachery, piracy, the clash between Protestantism and Catholicism... Highly recommended and highly readable."

"FIVE STARS!!!! DEFEAT OF THE SPANISH ARMADA is a fine explanation of the events behind the Armada. Although the naval history of the Armada is competently, the main interest of this fascinating book is the diplomatic and military preambles to the event. Mattingly brings to life the characters involved: the brooding, bureaucratic Philip, the professional Farnese, the Jesuit exiles. Their motivations are delineated and the limits of their power to control events are explored."

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Hardback 1961.

415 pages.

Good condition.

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