The Armadaby Garrett Mattingly, Leonard H. Mattingly
Pub. Date: 12/13/1974
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
In THE ARMADA, Garrett Mattingly has written far more than a history of the defeat of the Spanish fleet in 1588. Meticulous in describing its disastrous fate, he also discusses the profound effects of Philip's decision on every kingdom in Europe. A Book Society choice in England, a selection of the History Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club in the United States, THE ARMADA received the National Book Award for non-fiction and a Pulitzer special citation.
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Interesting that Queen Elizebeth was the last of the major Protestant players. The Prince of Orange was murdered by the King of Spain, Philip the Second. And Liz beheaded Mary Queen of Scots a "royal" pain in the a** because Mary was Catholic and ambitious. I learned so much and the pieces fit nicely. Funny that the Spanish tried to keep the Armada secret: thousands of infantry, hunderds of cavalry, ships, cannon, food, etc.
A literary masterpiece--the definitive narrative about the great naval battle between England and Spain in 1588. It reads like an adventure novel, while exploding the myths and legends which have overshadowed the voyage of the Armada for over four centuries now. A must-read for any lover of history.
This book was amazing...it was well written, almost read like a novel at times. It was painstakingly researched and it shows. He does a great job explaining the circustances and events leading to the actual battle. He does a fantastic job on the battle itself. A must read for the history buff or history professor...anyone can read this book.