School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up Connatty first sets both the scene and the cast of characters for this important historical event. Enough detail; concise, clear prose; and an excellent grasp of the historical facts involved describe the chain of succession to the thrones of both England and Spain and provide impeccable background for the motivating forces culminating in this great battle. Connatty maintains a high level of historical impartiality and brings faultless and scholarly research to her book. Excellent illustrations, well chosen from original sources and precisely rendered contemporary drawings and maps are integrated with the well-written text. Authentic depictions of the various modes of dress of the period further add to the volume. In contrast to Harris' Armada (Batsford, 1987), Connatty's book stresses the issues behind the events, rather than just providing a historically accurate account of the battle. There is room for both approaches in any library collection. Lower level, or less motivated, students would prefer the Connatty title because of its excellent illustrations and slightly lower reading level. Anne Wirkkala, Nute Library, Milton, N.H.
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