England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel

England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel

by James McDermott
     
 

ISBN-10: 030010698X

ISBN-13: 9780300106985

Pub. Date: 05/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

"The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1603 was, to most contemporary Englishmen, a conflict for the soul of the nation. To their descendants, the Armada campaign of 1588 - the most dramatic phase of the struggle - represented a watershed in European history comparable to Waterloo, the Marne or Dunkirk. Like those battles, its outcome both preserved English freedoms and…  See more details below

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"The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1603 was, to most contemporary Englishmen, a conflict for the soul of the nation. To their descendants, the Armada campaign of 1588 - the most dramatic phase of the struggle - represented a watershed in European history comparable to Waterloo, the Marne or Dunkirk. Like those battles, its outcome both preserved English freedoms and halted the momentum of an ambitious and alien empire." "Yet the victorious nation had contributed much to the conflict. This book examines the process by which the Spaniard, a long-term ally and friend, became in English eyes the epitome of human depravity, and how resistance to his imagined goals helped shape an emerging sense of nationhood." The Armada campaign pitted Europe's mightiest military power against Christendom's most powerful navy in a battle for different ideals of civilisation. Both protagonists expected the clash to be decisive; neither, as it soon became apparent, knew how to fight a battle whose scale and character were beyond the experience of anyone in the two fleets. What ensued was not the heroic encounter of legend, but an inconclusive affair, redeemed - for England - by atrocious weather and poor Spanish understanding of the coastlines of western Scotland and Ireland.

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ISBN-13:
9780300106985
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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