England and the Spanish Armada

England and the Spanish Armada

The Necessary Quarrel

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The Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1603 was, to most contemporary Englishmen, a conflict for the soul of the nation. To their descendants, the Armada campaign of 1588 represented a watershed in European history that both preserved English freedoms and halted the momentum of an ambitious and alien empire. Yet the victorious nation had contributed much to the conflict. This book examines the process by which the Spaniard, a long-term ally and friend, became in English eyes the epitome of human depravity, and how resistance to his imagined goals helped shape an emerging sense of nationhood.
The antipathies generated by this process ensured that the Armada campaign was a battle for different ideals of civilization. The protagonists expected the clash to be decisive, but what ensued was no heroic encounter. Instead it was an inconclusive affair, redeemed--for England--by atrocious weather and poor Spanish understanding of the coastlines of western Scotland and Ireland.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780300106985
Branch Call Number: DA360 .M225 2005
Characteristics: xvi, 411 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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Dec 14, 2012

An erudite look at the events leading up to and including the Anglo-Spanish war of 1585-1603. As much about the politics that led to conflict as the conflict itself. Probably only suitable for those with interest in the subject.


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