The Armada

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - History - 443 pages
3 Reviews
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 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 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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

A very detailed book that could have used some maps to show where things were happening before, during, and after the battle. A lot of the story relates not to the battle itself, but to the politics involved. The Pope wanted the Protestant church to return. The Pope spent a lot of money to finance the Armada and when it failed he abandoned the fight. The politics involved between the various Governments; French, Dutch , Spanish,Portuguese and English take up a large part of the book. The book also tells of land battles in Europe at the time. The one thing I found difficult to understand was the type of ships involved that were fighting each other. He gives the names, but not a great deal about the types of the guns they carried, and not a lot about the weight of shot that each could be brought to bare, during the battle. He does talk about the prevailing winds at the time. He does go into detail of how those affected the battle. It is a well researched book. The book is well worth reading, but could have just dealt with the battle itself. I understand why the author went into details that related to the armada.
It puts into perspective why the battle was fought. I was more interested in how rather then why.
 

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Great Book!!!

Contents

Curtain Raiser Fotheringhay February 18 1587
1
Simplicity of a City London February 19 1587
6
Perplexity of a Queen Greenwich February 1922 1587
16
The End of a Gay Season Paris February 28March 13 1587
29
Plans of Operations Brussels March 122 1587
41
The Bitter Bread Rome March 2430 1587
52
Gods Obvious Design San Lorenzo de Escorial March 2431 1587
69
The Wind Commands Me Away London and Plymouth March 25April 12 1587
82
The Advantage of Time and Place Plymouth the Sleeve and Biscay to 45 N April 18July 30 1588
257
Entrance to the Arena The Lizard to the Eddystone July 3031 1588
268
First Blood The Eddystone to Stan Point July 31 1588
278
A Terrible Value of Great Shot Start Point to Portland Bill July 31August 2 1588
288
In Formidable Order Portland Bill to Calais Roads August 26 1588
302
The Hellburners The neighborhood of Calais August 6 and 7 1588
314
The Order Broken Calais Roads to Gravelines August 8 1588
326
The Tardy Miracle The banks of Zeeland and the North Sea August 912 1588
335

A Beard Is Singed Cadiz Bay April 29May 1 1587
93
No Matter of Substance The Portuguese coast May 220 1587
110
Barrel Staves and Treasure Cafe St Vincent and the Azores May 21June 18 1587
120
An Arm Is Cut Off Sluys June 9August 5 1587
129
The Happy Day Coutras October 20 1587
146
The Uses of Victory France October 21December 16 1587
158
The Ominous Year Western Europe midwinter 15871588
172
The Company of These Noble Ships Greenwich and English waters JanuaryMarch 1588
187
In the Hope of a Miracle Lisbon February 9April 25 1588
201
The Day of the Barricades 1 Paris May 12 1588 and before
218
The Day of the Barricades II Paris May 12 1588 and after
232
The Invincible Sets Sail Lisbon to Corunna May 9July 22 1588
245
Myself Your General Tilbury August 1819 1588
342
Drake Is Captured Western Europe August and September 1588
352
The Long Road Home From the North Sea about 56N around Ireland to Spanish ports August 13October 15 1588
364
End of a Tall Man Blots December 23 1588
376
The Winds of God The Escurial New Years 1589
387
Not a Whit Dismayed Richmond New Years 1589
393
New York New Years 1959
397
A General Note on Sources
405
Notes
410
Index
429
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Climate Affairs
Michael H. Glantz
Limited preview - 2003
All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

Garrett Mattingly (1900-1962) was a historian, educator, and best-selling author. He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II and in 1948 joined the faculty of Columbia University, where he taught European history.

Bibliographic information