The Thirty Years’ War in the Mediterranean Part I

By R. C. Anderson, published November 1969


This paper considers the actions between France and Spain in the Mediterranean following France’s entry into the Thirty Years War in 1635 to the relief of the siege of Tarragona in 1641. It describes the capture of the Iles de Lerins by Spain and the ineffectual response by France, whose fleet was reinforced by ships from the ‘Western’ fleet, but was paralysed by quarrels between senior officers. The paper describes the sporadic actions initiated by both France and Spain, including action against the Algerines, until the action to relieve Tarragona.

This article is continued in Mariner’s Mirror 1970/1.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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