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The Spanish Armada

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After the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, Protestant England was beset by the hostile Catholic powers of Europe, including Spain. In October 1585, King Philip II of Spain declared his intention to destroy Protestant England and began preparing invasion plans, leading to an intense intelligence war between the two countries and culminating in the dramatic sea battles of 1 ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published April 11th 2013)
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Before I start this review, I feel that it is necessary to state that I won this book from the publisher on Goodreads. However, this in no way influenced my review. It was awesome to win the book because it was on my to-read list! But, I will review this book in the same way that I review books that I have bought or checked out from the library.

The Spanish Armada is one of my favorite events in history. The tables could have so easily turned the other direction and history could have been chang
Oct 05, 2013 Gareth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book dispels the popular myth that Drake and the English Navy defeated the Armada by bravery and skilled seamanship. England was bankrupt, the 'Navy' was a cobbled together group of privately owned, armed merchantmen, privateers and a few Naval warships, led by self serving privateers and a few genuinely skilled captains.

Disorganisation, egotistic and inept admirals, the inevitable and unpredictable English weather and a lack of funds brought the downfall of the Spanish fleet, many of which
Nathan Schmidt
Jul 04, 2014 Nathan Schmidt rated it liked it
I received this book as an advance copy through Goodreads First Reads, and am grateful for the opportunity.

This book is very interesting, and gave me an in-depth vision of a part of history that I had not examined too closely before. I had read some about the Elizabethan era before, but this book brought that age to life in a new way. I believe that this is due to the sheer detail that Hutchinson put into the book. There are many primary source quotes, from letters to journals, throughout the bo
Jul 06, 2014 Zachary rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free via a First Reads Giveaway.

The Spanish Armada by Robert Hutchinson is a fascinating look into the almost mythic story of Armada's attempt to restore Catholicism to England. Hutchinson focuses his story on the intelligence gathering by both the Spanish and the English from the preparation of the Armada through to its ultimate failure. While it is sometimes interesting to read what so-and-so knew at a certain point in time, it seemed a little tedious occa
Jun 02, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing
This book is the utmost authority on The Spanish Armada! Written in amazing detail by Robert Hutchinson, The story sets the stage of the Spanish Armada campaign in 1588, showing the ascension to the throne by Elizabeth, and the events of the time in England and Spain that led to war. You can see the frustration of the Spanish king, Phillip, as he is trying to bring the Armada and the soldiers together to get the wanted attack of England going. And the imperial strength and attitude of Elizabeth ...more
Hutchinson attacks head on (pun intended) the topic of the Spanish Armada. Launched after several years of preparation in 1588, this venture of Philip II of Spain endeavored to end the reign of Elizabeth I of England and the nation's Protestant faith. Using his role as a protector of the Catholic faith and his claim to England's throne though his late wife, Mary I of England, Philip ordered the armada into existence and funded it trough a plethora of means.

The book opens to a summary of the even
Mike Slawdog
Aug 04, 2014 Mike Slawdog rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: I received this book through Goodreads' First Read program.

As stated in the description, The Spanish Armada details the events leading up to, of, and after the sailing of the Spanish Armada. This is primarily done chronologically, and it does so while presenting both the Spanish and British actions and perspectives. While a timeline is given at the back of the book, the text within the chapters simply flows, making for a fairly smooth read.

Uniquely, Hutchinson saves virtually all an
Daniel Farabaugh
Dec 31, 2014 Daniel Farabaugh rated it really liked it
A good solid read that very factually recounts the events of the Armada. A bit dry at times, but it's strengths outweigh that. The one basic problem was that it could have used a map insert to show the progress of the Armada because it required a very specific understanding of coastal English geography.
Jul 07, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
I received this book free from the goodreads giveaway. I'll admit I am not much for history, but I was intrigued enough to keep reading and liked it.
Tony Ferguson
A good read but quite breezy and not very comprehensive. I am not aware of the other books on this subject but at only 250 pages this could hardly be considered the definitive account.
Garry Marlton
Sep 12, 2013 Garry Marlton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and I now know what the Spanish Armada is all about. The only thing I will say is the story only goes 51% of the book then it is all names and orders.
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