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Jousting for Peace

Thomas Penn: Henry VIII meets Francis I, 16 July 2014

The Field of Cloth of Gold 
by Glenn Richardson.
Yale, 288 pp., £35, November 2013, 978 0 300 14886 2
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... it did so as usual in alliance with the Habsburgs against its old enemy, France. In the words of Garrett Mattingly, the great diplomatic historian, the Habsburg-Valois wars of the next decades ‘surpassed anything Europe had previously known for extent and destructiveness’. As for the peace process that culminated in the Field of Cloth of Gold, ...

Departure and Arrival Times

Sheldon Rothblatt, 18 August 1983

The History Men: The Historical Profession in England since the Renaissance 
by John Kenyon.
Weidenfeld, 322 pp., £16.50, March 1983, 0 297 78081 6
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... depicting causality. There is no uncertainty about departure and arrival times. In the hands of a Garrett Mattingly, epic is a great genre. The whole is satisfying in the same paradoxical way that tragedy is. The greatest 20th-century artists have often eschewed narrative, at least the narrative of orderly sequence, or they have provided alternatives to ...

Joint-Stock War

Valerie Pearl, 3 May 1984

The Age of Elizabeth: England Under the Later Tudors 1547-1603 
by D.M. Palliser.
Longman, 450 pp., £13.95, April 1983, 0 582 48580 0
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After the Armada: Elizabethan England and the Struggle for Western Europe 1588-1595 
by R.B. Wernham.
Oxford, 613 pp., £32.50, February 1984, 0 19 822753 1
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The Defeat of the Spanish Armada 
by Garrett Mattingly.
Cape, 384 pp., £12.50, November 1983, 0 224 02070 6
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The First Elizabeth 
by Carolly Erickson.
Macmillan, 446 pp., £9.95, October 1983, 0 333 36168 7
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The Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland: Essays in Honour of Gordon Donaldson 
edited by Ian Cowan and Duncan Shaw.
Scottish Academic Press, 261 pp., £14.50, March 1983, 0 7073 0261 7
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... one can hear a note which would sound more stridently under the Stuart kings. The late Professor Garrett Mattingly’s classic The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, first published in 1959, has now been reissued in what is misleadingly called a ‘second edition’. Actually it is the old edition embellished with a collection of 75 illustrations, some in ...

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