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Armada 1588: The Spanish Assault on England (Campaign Chronicles) Hardcover – 20 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd (20 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844153231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844153237
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Barratt has written widely on English sixteenth- and seventeenth-century history, especially on the land and sea warfare of the period. His most recent publications include The Battle for the West: The Civil War in Southwest England 1642-1646, Cavalier Generals: King Charles I and His Commanders in the English Civil War, and Cavaliers: The Royalist Army at War, 1642-46. His recent research has focussed on Elizabeth I's war with Spain, in particular on the Armada and on Spanish galley operations in the English Channel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Cook on 2 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have many books on the Armada campaign, and this one comes up with little that I have not read elsewhere, despite claims to the contrary. Of course in his conclusions Mr Barratt is quite disparaging about the English efforts, but that is modern political correctness and was, I fear, expected. As usual, English success is declared to have been all about luck and the weather. The author ends by declaring the result a 'close run thing'- but it wasn't that at all.

Success for Spain could only come if Medina Sidonia first defeated the English fleet, then secured a good landfall on the English coast and finally escorted Palma across the channel. It is interesting that King Philip himself actually discouraged the first two whilst indentifying no vaible rendevous for the third. So Medina Sidonia ended up off Gravelines- a hopelessly open anchorage near Calais. By that time his chances of success were precisely nil. The Spaniards could only have hoped to defeat the English fleet if the latter allowed themselves to be swallowed up in the Armada's formation and then boarded by its soldiers. Lord Howard was not that foolish. In fact, and sensibly, he set about harrasing the Spaniards at long range whilst shepherding them on their way. Having to escort transports and fight the English at the same time Medina Sidonia was obliged to give all offensive initiative to his opponent. Even in Nelsons time, with far heavier guns available, ships were almost never sunk at long range, and nor was this required: all the English had to do was prevent any form of landing on English soil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Exciting new account using the latest research available. 14 Mar. 2006
By Ned Middleton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is always nice to find an author who knows his stuff. In this case, John Barratt has written extensively on 16th and 17th Century history and is an accomplished author on the subjects of land and sea warfare from that period. More recently, however, his research has been focused on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the war with Spain - specifically, the Armada and other Spanish operations in the English Channel.

Research is the key to producing any factual historical account and in this case the author has used the very latest historical and archaeological research available in order to completely reconstructed the battle - day by day and hour by hour. Unlike previous accounts of the Armada of 1588, this carefully compiled and well written work exposes many myths and misunderstandings of the battle at sea by introducing new eyewitness and other contemporary accounts of the day.

For those who wish to know for the first time exactly what happened when Spain set out to invade England and Drake decided to finish his game of Bowls (or did he?) before setting out to see them off, this is the book for you. For those who previously thought they knew all there was to know about that same period in history, then this is the book to steer you through a new understanding of the events in question.

The text is well supported with a carefully chosen selection of illustrations, portraits and maps which appear on each relevant page and not in a small glossy collection in the middle of the book. In this way, each picture is relevant to the adjacent text and does much to support one's reading of the work.

A good book on an old subject 26 April 2014
By Thomas H. Lawrence - Published on
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An excellent, readable overview of the invasion planned by the Spanish on England in 1588. This book provides an overview of the political situation, a detailed discussion of the campaign, and then tells of the final fate of the Armada. While people dedicated to studying English naval history will find nothing new, the book is both well written and comprehensive. It reminds us that military campaigns never go as planned. If you want a good seafaring yarn, this is it.
It's a nice book to have if you're interested in learning about ... 21 Dec. 2014
By Ellethorn - Published on
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It's a nice book to have if you're interested in learning about the Spanish Armada or want to learn about naval tactics of the old fighting ships.
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