'Mr Howarth is a brilliant writer, full of grace and wit and solid common sense' - The New Yorker A reprint of a marvellous retelling of the Armada story. Until this book was published, the Battle of the Armada had been told primarily from the English viewpoint, the English victory puffed up into a national heroic tale which was far from the truth. There is another side to this story, however, and, basing his narrative on previously unexplored Spanish sources, David Howarth, brilliantly redressed the balance.
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In May of 1588, on the order of Spain's King Philip, 30,000 soldiers and sailors armed with arquebus and musket set out to sea. A larger fleet had never before been assembled. In the Voyage of the Armada, David Howarth brilliantly conveys the drama of the Spanish Armada's progress and brings to life the personalities of the men who influenced its course, from the dogmatic and irrational Philip II to Don Juan Martinez de Recalde to Don Pedro and Don Diego de Valdes, who were cousins but also bitter enemies, to the Spanish soldiers and sailors who unquestioningly ventured into unknown seas to confront their fates. Basing his narrative on previously unexplored Spanish sources, David Howarth shows that there is always another side to every conflict. The Voyage of the Armada recounts the adventures of these brave men as they go from battles to storms to wrecks and then finally - for the lucky ones - return home. (5 1/2 x 8 1/4, 256 pages, map)
David Howarth was a BBC correspondent in the Second World War until 1940 when he joined the Royal Navy and came under the command of the Special Operations Service running clandestine operations between Shetland and Norway. In peacetime he remained in Shetland, and it was then that he started his writing career. Some of his books include The Shetland Bus, Dawn of D-Day. and Waterloo: A Near Run Thing. David Howarth died in 1991, at the age of 78.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140063153
Book Description Penguin Books, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140063153
Book Description Penguin Books, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140063153
Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140063153 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1043482