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James Froude was the brother in law of Charles Kingsley. He began his literary career by writing reviews and historical essays, with only sporadic publications on religious topics, for Fraser's Magazine and the Westminster Review. Froude spent 20 years working on his History of England. His style is more dramatic than scientific. English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century: Lectures Delivered at Oxford Easter Terms 1893-4 includes the following lectures The sea cradle of the reformation, John Hawkins and the African slave trade, Sir John Hawkins and Philip the Second, Drake's voyage round the world, Parties in the state, The great expedition to the West Indies, Attack on Cadiz, Sailing of the Armada, and Defeat of the Armada.