The full story of the Spanish Armada, a threat that vanished as quickly as it came, is pieced together in this masterly study. The authors used Spanish and Dutch archives to reassess the Armada, augmented by underwater discoveries from the wrecks.
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The armada's contribution to the tenacious survival of Spanish hegemony.
Chronicles events surrounding the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada and explains its effects on European history.
The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach in this book encourage readers to get emotionally involved with the characters and to follow the story from Spain to the English Channel, around Scotland and Ireland and back home again. Informative captions, a comprehensive glossary and an index make this title an ideal and fun introduction to the conventions of non-fiction texts. It is relevant to Key Stage 2 History and helps achieve the goals of the Scottish Standard Curriculum 5-14.
Abandoned by his father to drown off the coast of Spain, Tristram Pascoe's life is saved by Sara, who is in a marriage of convenience to a Portuguese nobleman. Suspected of heresy, Sara is brought before the Grand Inquisitor and risks being burnt as a witch to help Tristram escape. Tristram is pressed into service as an English spy, and travels to Cadiz and Lisbon, where the Spanish invasion force is assembling. From the first rumors of a Spanish invasion to the horrors of the Channel firefights, Armada is a story of the triumph of human love over religious conflict.
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.
SPRING 1944: THE ALLIES STAND POISED TO LAUNCH THE GREATEST SEABORNE INVASION THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. BUT HITLER'S NAVY IS ABOUT TO UNLEASH A DEVASTATING NEW WEAPON THAT COULD SEND THE ALLIED FLEET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ENGLISH CHANNEL. Battle-worn and battle-tested, Lt. Jordan Cole seethes with anger toward Lt. Commander Michael Edland, the man he holds responsible for the deaths of many of his men. Now thousands of more lives are at stake as the German navy has unleashed a new menace on the high seas. Blazing across waves at unmatched speeds, the "Sea Eagles" carry the firepower of far larger warships. Commanded by Richard Reubold, a former flyer and fearsome leader who struggles with demons all his own, the shadowy S-boats imperil the crucial Allied assault. As the clock ticks inexorably toward D-Day, Cole and Edland must put aside their rancor and carry out a daring strategy before the Allied invasion force is smashed and Europe is crushed beneath the heels of the Nazi jackboot. "Chilling and compelling. . .will keep you up all night." --John J. Gobbell, author of A Call to Colors
This historical novel investigates a facinating piece of relatively unknown history of the collusion of the Scottish Catholic Lords with Philip II of Spain. With the help of Catholics in Scotland several thousand Spanish troops were planning to land at the port of Kirkcudbright in Southern Scotland and join them in an invasion of England to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I. Lord John Maxwell, Earl of Morton, Clan chief of Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries, travels to Spain and spends a year at the Escorial Palace near Madrid. He meets with King Philip the most powerful monarch of the world, and the Admirals of the Spanish Armada. Together they plot the invasion of England.