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The Armada
Connatty, Mary.
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A Warwick Press library edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Warwick Press, 1987.
Physical Description:
40 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm.
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Includes index.
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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Well-reproduced historical artwork, including portraits, maps, and sea-battle scenes, dramatically combines with illustrations depicting the period, modern maps, and a royal family tree to frame the story of the Spanish Armada's assault on England. Stepping back to the year 1500 when an alliance of Spain and England was attempted to solidify both kingdoms' power, the vividly worded text considers the past events that culminated in 1588 when King Philip II of Spain sent his armed fleet to conquer England. Background on the sixteenth-century New World exploration is central to this analysis, which Connatty often adroitly expands upon in captions that personalize the era. These references to how a specific person or group of people may have reacted or felt help offset what could have been a mind-numbing recital of ship maneuvering during the prolonged sea battle. Instead, the tale of the Armada's misfortune, seasoned with captivating profiles of shipbuilding and weaponry styles of the period, is retold in a riveting account, which will motivate readers to consider the conflict's resolution and its lasting impact on Europe and the New World. These issues, however, are not dealt with here; readers will have to turn to other sources for answers. BAH. 940.23 Armada, 1588 87-50745

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up Connatty first sets both the scene and the cast of characters for this important historical event. Enough detail; concise, clear prose; and an excellent grasp of the historical facts involved describe the chain of succession to the thrones of both England and Spain and provide impeccable background for the motivating forces culminating in this great battle. Connatty maintains a high level of historical impartiality and brings faultless and scholarly research to her book. Excellent illustrations, well chosen from original sources and precisely rendered contemporary drawings and maps are integrated with the well-written text. Authentic depictions of the various modes of dress of the period further add to the volume. In contrast to Harris' Armada (Batsford, 1987), Connatty's book stresses the issues behind the events, rather than just providing a historically accurate account of the battle. There is room for both approaches in any library collection. Lower level, or less motivated, students would prefer the Connatty title because of its excellent illustrations and slightly lower reading level. Anne Wirkkala, Nute Library, Milton, N.H. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.