The Galleons' Grave: Henry Gresham and the Spanish Armada

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Little, Brown Book Group Limited, 2005 - Armada, 1588 - 342 pages
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It is 1588 and King Philip of Spain has assembled the greatest fleet and the most powerful army in the world. It is envisaged that the Armada, commanded by the brave and chivalric Duke Medina De Sidonia, will crush the English and bring an end to the reign of Queen Elizabeth. However, bizarre circumstances cause the failure of this endeavour, making it one of the most dramatic defeats in history, and preventing Spain from becoming the greatest superpower since the Roman Empire. One man who has inside knowledge of this event is the young Henry Gresham, hired spy to Thomas Walsingham. He finds himself sailing on the Armada during his mission to spy on Sir Francis Drake, who is deemed suspicious of siding with the Spanish. As Gresham's journey becomes more hazardous and thrilling, with the help of his loyal companion Mannion and a wild Spanish countess, Terese, Gresham begins to unravel the truth behind Drake and the Armada and in doing so discovers his own place in this dangerous world.

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