The Spanish Armada / Edition 2

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At the end of July 1588, Philip II's Armada of 130 ships set sail against England. Within a month they were condemned to defeat. The authors spent 13 years reassessing the profusion of untapped documents, diaries and private papers lying forgotten in Spanish and Dutch archives. This material has been augmented by underwater discoveries from the Armada wrecks.
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In the summer of 1588, the Spanish Armada of 130 ships was soundly defeated, not by the English so much as by weather. Drawing on historical documents and newly discovered Spanish shipwrecks, Martin (an underwater archeologist) and Parker ( Philip II ) here write a concise history describing the power struggles and political intrigues of Europe that led to the launching of the armada. They write of the commanders and the commanded, the weapons, rations, ships and supplies of 16th century naval warfare. They trace the horrible journey of the limping armada around Ireland and back to Spain. They blast several myths: `` The invincible armada '' was a phrase penned by an Englishman, Lord Burghley, after England's victorythe Spanish had never used it. Francis Drake's alleged comment about finishing his game of bowls when the armada was first spotted was not particularly nonchalanthe had hours to wait for the turn of the tide. The armada actually succeeded, argue the authors: the Spanish ships reached Calaistheir objectivelargely intact. Here, they were to rendezvous with the Duke of Parma and his Army of Flanders to invade England. It was Parma's unreadiness (because of poor communications) that foiled Spanish plans to place a Catholic ruler on the English throne. Illustrations. (August)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901341140
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Mandolin
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Martin is Reader in Maritime Archaeology at the University of St. Andrews.

Geoffrey Parker is Professor of History at Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Fleets Approach
• The Greatest and Strongest Combination
• A Fleet to Impeach It
• Part II: Artillery Section
Part III: God's Obvious Design
• The Great Bog of Europe
• Armed Neutrality, 1558-80
• Cold War, 1581-85
• The Grand Design and its Architect
• Phony War
• The Armada Takes Shape
• Advance to Calais
• The Banks of Flanders
• Anatomy of Failure
• God Breathed
Part IV: The Armada in History and Legend
• Victors and Vanquished
• If the Armada Had Landed

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