A Commander for the Armada

By Peter O'Malley Pierson, published November 1969

Abstract

This paper explores the reasons for the appointment of the Duke of Medina Sidonia to command the Spanish Armada by Philip II following the death of Santa Cruz. Using a number of contemporary and historical sources the author discusses the complex layers of Spanish aristocracy and the way that titles were earned. The paper includes a biography of Sidonia, who had helped Philip to conquer Portugal, had prepared Indies fleets and armadas, ensuring that he gained favour at court, but also turning down the governorship of Milan. The paper briefly discusses other candidates for the position and the reasons for their non-appointment.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | The Armada
Subjects include: Navies

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