The Defeat of the Spanish Armada - Folio Society edition

Mattingly, Garrett (Introduction by J.H. Elliott)

Published by Folio Society, London,, 2002
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Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and board decorations; 445pp., with many colour plates and a frontispiece likewise. Mild wear; pencilled annotation on front endpaper. Else, near fine in like slipcase. Postage quoted is for a standard format octavo book. Final charges may vary depending on size and weight. The story of the defeat of the Spanish Armada is traditionally a story of national crisis and salvation - the crisis and salvation of Protestant England in the late sixteenth century, when it faced and faced down, the overwhelming power of Spain under Philip II, the self-appointed champion of the Roman Church. The triumph over the massed forces of Spain and counter-Reformation Catholicism of a small island nation ruled by a Virgin Queen was seen by contemporaries and by subsequent generations as a providential event, visible evidence to English and foreign Protestants that God would no abandon His children in their hour of need. National thanksgiving at the news of the victory was timed to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of Elizabeth I's accession and consisted of a week of services, sermons and processions, accompanied by the lighting of bonfires and the ringing of church bells. Medals were struck in England and the rebellious Dutch provinces to commemorate the event, one of them showing the ships of the Armada being dispersed by the 'Protestant wind' and bearing the message 'He blew and they were scattered.' Mattingly's great achievement here is to present the story of the Armada not simply as an English, or an Anglo-Spanish drama, but as a European drama; revealing the numerous interconnections across the continent. He brings together all the threads of a complicated story to set the Enterprise of England into the wider, European context, in which the Armada campaign became the climactic moment in the cosmic struggle between the forces of Protestantism and those of the Counter Reformation. Bookseller Inventory # 63755

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Title: The Defeat of the Spanish Armada - Folio ...

Publisher: Folio Society, London,

Publication Date: 2002

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