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Synopsis: The story of the Spanish Armada is one of the great epics, with a cast of characters as rich and varied as any in history and results that shaped Europe for centuries to come. Neil Hanson — acclaimed author of The Great Fire of London — traces the origins of the conflict from the Old World to the New, delineating the Armada campaign in rousing prose. He illuminates the lives of kings and popes, spymasters and assassins, military commanders and common sailors, and the ordinary men and women caught up in this great event when the fate of nations hung in the balance. The Confident Hope of a Miracle is authentic and original history written with the pace and drama of a novel.
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The real story of the Spanish Armada.
In the winter of 1587 the Spanish Armada, the largest force of warships ever assembled, set sail to crush the English navy. This breathtaking overview of one of the most fascinating campaigns in European history begins with the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, the event that precipitated the launching of the Armada. From the first whispers of the threat against England and the English crown, to the return of the battered remnants of the fleet to Spain eighteen months later, it is a story rich in incident and intrigue. In this controversial study, Neil Hanson claims that Francis Drake's intention was not to sink the Armada ships but to disable and plunder them. He further claims that Queen Elizabeth was a monarch who left many of the survivors of the battle to die of disease or starvation and whose parsimony, prevarication and cynicism left her unable to make crucial decisions.
Drawing on previously undiscovered personal papers, Neil Hanson conveys in vivid detail how the highest and the lowest in the land fared in those turbulent months when the destiny of all Europe hung in the balance.
Title: THE CONFIDENT HOPE OF A MIRACLE: THE TRUE ...
Publication Date: 2003
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Book Description DOUBLEDAY, 2003. Book Condition: Very Good. First British Edition. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP65028111
Book Description DOUBLEDAY, 2003. Book Condition: Very Good. First British Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP62680596
Book Description Doubleday, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL2286895
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001884126
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003396370
Book Description Doubleday, London, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First British Edition. 1st printing. Full black cloth binding. Clean, crisp and unmarked. Illustrated endpapers. xviii, 571pp. Illustrations, Dust jacket in new mylar cover. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 028895
Book Description Doubleday, London, New York, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover. Dust jacket is slightly sunned and has a few minor surface marks. Light wear to jacket spine ends and leading corners. Two vertical tears to hardcover spine head. Pages are a little tanned around edges. Binding is sound and pages are tight throughout. Text and illustrations are clear. AF. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 420030
Book Description Doubleday, London, 2003. Hard Back. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Spine of book is weak. Dustwrapper slightly creased at spine and top corners. The true history of the Spanish Armada. Bookseller Inventory # 006020
Book Description Double Day, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Very good hbk in good d/w showing wear on edges, large 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 118023
Book Description Doubleday, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Boards are generally in very good order. No particular bumping or wear to corners or edges. Spine is intact and bright with just a little mild bumping to ends. Page edges are rather grubby. Textblock is tight, bright and clean. 571 pp. Pictoral finished paper dust jacket with black and red lettering to spine and front. Dj is in a good condition albeit with some mild creasing to the edges. Fade to fore edges and spine. Not priceclipped. When securely packed this item will weigh in the region of 1159g. The quoted postage for international orders is based on a standard book weight. Where a book is lighter, we will reduce the postage accordingly. If the book is heavier, we will request additional postage. We make no profit on postal charges. All our books are photographed so you can see what you are buying. ABE may, however, display a stock image whilst processing ours. (YBP Ref: 1254/19 3c) Size: 8vo - over 73/4" - 93/4" Tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 027552