The English Armada: The Greatest Naval Disaster in English History

The English Armada: The Greatest Naval Disaster in English History

by Luis Gorrochategui Santos


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During the year between July 1588, when the Spanish Armada set sail from Spain and July 1589, when the survivors of the English counterpart of this fleet, the little-known English Armada, reached port in England, two of history's worst naval catastrophes took place. A great deal of attention has been dedicated to the former and precious little to the latter. This book presents a full-scale account of an event which has been neglected for more than four centuries.

It reconstructs the military operations day by day for the first time, taking apart the established notion that, with the defeat of the Spanish Armada, England achieved maritime supremacy and the decay of Spain began. This book clearly and in a rigorously documented fashion shows how the defeat of the English Armada counterbalanced that of the Spanish, frustrating England's intention of seizing Philip II's American empire and changing the tide of the war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350016972
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/22/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Luis Gorrochategui Santos teaches philosophy at IES Francisco Aguiar, Spain. He is the author of several books in Spanish including La Guerra de la Sirena (2002), Contra Armada (2011) and La Rebelión de los PIGS (2013), as well as numerous articles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. Introduction

Part I: The Spanish Armada
2. The Vicious Circle
3. In Corunna
4. In the Channel
5. Carrick na Spania

Part II: The English Armada
6. Preparations in England
7. Preparations in Corunna
8. The Landing
9. The Capture of Pescadería
10. To the Walls
11. The Oath
12. The First Attacks
13. The Mined Turret
14. María Pita
15. San Antón and El Burgo
16. Full Sail to Lisbon
17. Heading South
18. The Landing in Peniche
19. The March Begins
20. At Loures
21. In the Outskirts of Lisbon
22. Encamisada
23. The Awakening of São Jorge
24. The Trojan Horses
25. Counteroffensive
26. Turbaning point
27. Two Banners
28. Essex, Cárdenas and the Windmills
29. To the Sea
30. Naval Combat
31. Port-of-call in Vigo
32. Returban to England

Part III: The War Continues
33. A Glove, a Lion and El Dorado
34. The End of Drake and Hawkins
35. Cádiz and the North Wind
36. Crimson Taffeta
37. Peace


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