NOLAN, John S. NORRIS, John). NORREYS, John).
Title: Sir John Norreys and the Elizabethan Military World. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  University of Exeter Press, Exeter, Devon, 1997, ISBN:0859895483
Seller ID: 115328
NOLAN, John S. Sir John Norreys and the Elizabethan Military World. (Exeter, Devon) : University of Exeter Press, (1997). First Printing. Pp. (7),viii-[x],1-326. With maps and illustrations to text. 8vo, black cloth with giltlettering to spine. "'Sir John Norreys and the Elizabethan Military World' is the first biography of Elizabeth I's most trusted soldier, a man who wa s at one time heralded as the military hero of Protestant Europe and considered as important as Drake and Ralegh. His career included mercenary service in the Netherlands, colonizing projects in Ireland, the organization of England's land defences against the Armada of 1588, command of English forces in the Brittany campaign of 1590-94 and the formation of a joint stock company with Sir Francis Drake to finance an invasion of Spain and Portugal in 1589. Incorporating English, Irish, Belgian, Dutch, Spanish and French archival material, including a number of previously unexploited English sources such as his personal papers in the Bodleian Library, the book chroniclesNorreys's life between 1570 and 1600, examining how he built on his family 's personal friendship with Elizabeth to navigate the treacherous waters ofthe court and rise to prominence as a warrior and diplomat. The life of Si r John Norreys is a tale of ambition, rivalry, corruption, violence and achievement typical of the nobility of the Elizabethan age, and provides a marvellous 'grand tour' of western Europe in a time of budding imperialism, religious hatred, international intrigue and military innovation." - from thedustjacket. Contents: 1. Family and Early Life; 2. Adventures in Ireland, 1573-1575; 3. In the Service of the States, 1577-1581; 4. The Anjou Years, 1581-1584; 5. The Munster Plantation; 6. The Netherlands, 1585-1587; 7. TheMuster of 1588; 8. The Expedition to Portugal; 9. Failure in Portugal; 10. The Fortification of Munster, 1590; 11. Plans and Politics, 1590-1591; 12. Brittany; 13. Deadlock in Brittany, 1592-1593; 14. The Taking of El Leon; 15. Return to Ireland; 16. The Final Year. With conclusion, notes, bibliography and index. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00