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The Spanish Armada: The Great Enterprise against England 1588 (Campaign #86)

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With the launch of the Spanish Armada in 1588, England suffered its greatest threat since the Norman invasion some 500 years before. The Spanish King, Philip II had devised a complex plan whereby the armada would sail up the English Channel, pick up the Spanish Army of Flanders on the French coast and ferry them across to England.

In response, Elizabeth I launched her fleet
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Osprey Publishing (first published March 25th 2001)
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Sandra Strange
This account of this pivotal historical event is aimed at teens. I really enjoyed the historical detail, though the descriptions of the various kinds of ships and armaments could really bog down a reader not interested in either of these topics. The problem with skimming or skipping those chapters: the equipment did make a difference in the outcome of the expedition. The book is easy to read and contains lots of good detail.
Kristi Thielen
Oct 06, 2013 Kristi Thielen rated it really liked it
Good, if unevenly edited work about the Armada, with many color photos and much detail about weaponry, tactics, ships and the men who fought for the Spanish or the English.

School textbooks will tell you that the English defeated the Spanish because they were superior in tactics, ships, leadership.

Konstam makes clear that the English victory was not so much due to their success as Spain's bad luck (terrible weather)and the Spanish King's instance that two battle strategies - one excellent, one
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Bruinrefugee
I thought this did a good job of putting the geopolitical context in place for the Spanish effort to invade England, including the interesting back story between King Philip and Queen Elizabeth. It also tells the interesting tale how sea-power and ships were changing over time, and the impacts on the participants. A solid read.
Chris
Oct 28, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book is a good overview of the Armada attack. It includes profiles of the major players, charts and maps showing the battles, as well as a well researched text. Not only does it inculde events leading up to the battle, but the aftermath and current research.
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