Peter UysHALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2004
This illuminating work on the Spanish Armada and the European politics of that era is a great read. The work is based on historical research by eminent research historians and underwater archaeologists that enabled the author to piece together a more accurate narrative of the events. Whiting writes about the preparations of the Spanish, the counter-moves of the English, the battles and the aftermath. The story includes Drake's daring raid on Lisbon where he destroyed 30 ships and captured 6. The author believes that Philip, the king of Spain, wanted to intimidate rather than conquer England and also points out that England was by no means defenceless . Whiting paints a sympathetic picture of the ill-fated Duke of Medina Sedonia and the beloved Elizabeth, queen of England. Elizabeth's loving letter to her people provides some of the most poignant moments in the book. Appendix A is a Comparison of Santa Cruz's 1586 estimate for an Armada with the Armada which sailed in 1588. Appendices B and C provide the Composition of the Armada and Spanish Loses. The book concludes with a bibliography and an index. It is a vivid and highly readable historical narrative.
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