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E complaining about how much time the author spends on this but needs to be there You cannot write a book about this time period without bringing religion into it Once again I m going to take the middle road on bringing religion into it Once again I m going to take the middle road on one There were parts that I enjoyed and parts that I didn t An excellent and very readable history of the Armada battle and the whole cauldron of English and European politics surrounding it Mattingly does a superb ob of explaining why England and Spain went to war and why Phillip of Spain waited until after the Catholic heir
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of Scotland out of the way before launching his invasion plans The book devotes a lot of space and attention to the civil war raging in France at the time as the Spanish funded Guise faction kept the French state in turmoil unable to interfere in Spain s wars with England and the NetherlandsMattingly livens up the narrative with entertaining thumbnail portraits of the main actors The reader comes away feeling as if one knows Elizabeth I Francis Drake Phillip of Spain and Henri III of FranceThe account of the battle itself is not the typical British triumphalism Mattingly emphasizes how well the Spanish fleet withstood the English attacks and it was only the "disruption of the fireships coupled with an unexpected storm that finally did the Spanish in He also "of the fireships coupled with an unexpected storm that finally did the Spanish in He also closely at the tremendous hole in the Spanish tactical plan the key detail of how the Spanish army in the Netherlands was supposed to link up with the Armada even though they controlled no deepwater ports All in all a fun informative and highly readable book This is an extraordinarily readable account of the legend around the defeat of the Invincible Armada by Sir Francis Drake which deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960 It takes time to delve into each of the courts that were at war and describe with detail the various characters in the drama as it played out There is uite a bit of humor in the descriptions In fact I think I preferred the lead up in putting all the pieces on the board to the rather anti climactic battles and missed rendez vous The book certainly is convincing of the futility of enrolling a Deity in this case the same Deity but from opposing factions to fight battles for you the yawning silence is not an effective defensive or offensive weapon This battle was won from a few actions months beforehand and a general lack of communication a point well stressed time and time again between the sea borne fleet coming from Portugal and Spain and the Parma s invasion fleet which never left the harbor and disbanded after the dispersion of the Armada Definitely recommended for those interested in late XVIe history and naval warfare as well as for the psychological insights into Philip II of Spain Henri III of France and Elizabeth I of England but also Rudolph II of Prague and Sixtus V in the Vatican to lesser degree. Role in the settlement of the New World “So skillfully constructed it reads like a novel” New York Times The Armada is sure to appeal to the scholar and amateur historian alike. .
Hs to read a 400 page book but it was worth the time spent Fucking brilliant Written in a day when outstanding Historians were also occasionally excellent and entertaining Writers and Garrett Mattingly was certainly both Unusual for a history tome in that it is riveting enough to be difficult to put down and is written as a series of vignettes laying out the larger conflict from the point of view of the different participants from Philip of Spain and Elizabeth of England to Henry of France and Mary "ueen of Scots In the late summer of 1588 all of Europe "of Scots In the late summer of 1588 all of Europe its breath as an enormous Spanish fleet consisting of a hundred and fifty vessels of varying sizes set sail for the English channel Their mission to rendezvous with the elite troops of General Parma in t Book The ArmadaAuthor Garrett MattinglyRating 3 Out of 5 StarsI get why so many people like this one but for me it Lignin Biodegradation just didn t offer anything new I know this was written in 1959 but I was hoping to gain some insight and learn something that I maybe didn t know before This book is four hundred pages and itust didn t happen I was reading this for research so it was good to have a little refresher I Pure Chance just didn t gain anything new There were so many moving parts in the defeat of the Spanish Armada and so much back story as to how and why we got to this point However Iust wish that the author would had spent time on the actual battle than the back story I know the back story is important and all but it really could have been condensed Plus in the end this book really doesn t answer the why Why was this event "Important I Know Why "I know why I didn t get it from this book Given the length I should have but it ust didn t happen The writing was pretty simple and easy but there are some parts that are kind of boring I know that nonfiction already has a bad rap for being boring in many circles I feel like that "Some Of The Denser Chapters In This Book Are Going "of the denser chapters in this book are going reinforce that idea This is a battle and a complex one at that I do feel like it could have been azzed up in a way that it going to pull the everyday audience in It felt like in some parts a textbook To me this is something that you don t want in nonfiction You want to make your audience engaged and excited about what they are reading I m ust not sure that the everyday reader is going to get that from this book When I look at today s historians and their books there is a clear different Again I know this is an older book and all I guess that what I m getting at is that it doesn t really hold up With all of that being said the author does do a great ob at showing us ust how complex the event was We get to see all of the key figures and see the thought that went into it We also get to see the role that religion played into it Those of you who don t know back then religion was the driving force in daily life A lot of people ar. Esteemed and critically acclaimed historian Garrett Mattingly explores all dimensions of the naval campaign which captured the attention of the European world and played a deciding. An older but still highly valuable work Mattingly should especially be commended for placing the events of 1588 in the context of the English succession the Dutch Revolt and even France s War of the Three Henries This was neither simply a Protestant Catholic struggle nor an English Spanish national rivalry but a far complex inter mixture Though Mattingly emphasizes context he does not I am an aspiring narcoleptic or perhaps ust experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations thank you Wikipedia though I believe this book caused most of my daytime drowsiness over the last week "for what it is worth I always wanted to keep reading when "what it is worth I always wanted to keep reading when woke up THE SPANISH LOST that came way out of left field good thing I was sitting laying down The Armada is nominally about the English defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 But it is it is a profile of Elizabeth Tudor in the thirtieth year of her reign it is an in depth look at the savage War of the three Henrys that devastated France and the Low Countries it provides some insights into the character of Phillip king of S Garrett Mattingly s classic The Armada will put you at Sir Francis Drake s elbow on board the Elizabeth Bonaventure when he sails into Cadiz to singe the beard of Philip of Spain A marvelous you are there book beginning with the beheading of Mary ueen of Scots and ending with Elizabeth the First s butt sitting firmly on the throne of England than ever before in her precarious reign I so want someone to make a film from this book and make it well Colin Farrell as Drake maybe I was expecting great things from this book based on it s rating and recommendations I am happy to say that it did not disappointIt details the politics of Spain France and England that led to the creation of the invasion fleet From the death of Mary ueen of Scots to the war of the Henry s in France and the Dutch contribution The politics of Protestant versus Catholic "within these counties was a key part and "these counties was a key part and armies maneuvering on mainland Europe were seriously affected by the political machinations The affects of rumor and propaganda were the most interesting aspects for me It amused me to find that until reading this I believed some of the rumors and propaganda that were started in the 16th century The economics of creating the fleets in England and in Spain from the food water to the building or buying of ships boats and manning them was something of a nightmare The toll that sickness took before either fleet ever left their respective shores and after the battle was staggering Modification of the English ships to make them maneuverable and new guns changed naval tactics to such an extent that neither side knew uite how to wage a battle with them but this was the beginning of a new kind of naval warfare that was to last for several hundred years I m not a non fiction fan for the most part so it took me 2 mont. Chronicling one of the most spectacular events of the sixteenth century The Armada is the definitive story of the English fleet’s infamous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 The.

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