Book Read Online England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel by James McDermott

Book Read Online England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel by James McDermott

England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel

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 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

Title : England and the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel
Author :  James McDermott
Language : English
Isbn : 030010698X
Format : Hardcover
Pages : 432 pages

Rating: 4.8

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