The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1059 Wednesday, 8 June 2005
Date: Tuesday, 7 Jun 2005 10:34:49 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: The Spanish Armada - Evermore in the Main
There is an interesting review of 2 books on The Spanish Armada in the
28 May 2005 issue of "The Economist" magazine:
_England & the Spanish Armada: The Necessary Quarrel_ By James McDermott
_The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True History of the Spanish
Armada_ By Neil Hanson
"IN 1959, Garrett Mattingly, a professor at Columbia University, wrote a
landmark account of the Spanish Armada of 1588. No one, until now, has
supplanted it. Partly this is because so little in the perception of
Tudor history changed for the next 30 years.
...Mr McDermott concludes that England's national identity was shaped
more by the Armada campaign than by an indigenous Protestant culture. He
is right, of course, but the point seems lacklustre. He glosses over the
remainder of the war, which dragged on for 14 more years. In contrast,
Mr Hanson's finale is a brilliant summary of the endgame, as vivid and
passionate as everything that has gone before. His book is certainly a
worthy replacement for Mattingly's."
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