Title: Armada : The Novel. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1987, ISBN:0297790749
Seller ID: 116136
GIDLEY, Charles. Armada : The Novel. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1987). First UK Printing. Pp. [i]-ix,(1),-437,(1). Map. 8vo [145 x 227 mm], orange cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Charles Gidley Wheeler (b. August 21, 1938 - d. April 15, 2010, Krempsford, Gloucestershire, England), alsoknown as Charles Gidley, was a television screenwriter and historical nove list. He served in the Royal Navy from 1954 to 1979. "The brutal robbery and murder of two Catholic castaways in an open boat sets up Harry Pascoe forlife, but it also starts him on a downward path that turns the girl he hop ed to marry against himand sows the seeds of a life-long jealousy for Tristram, his eldest son. While Tristram is separated from his family because ofhis father's hatred, Sara Hussey leaves her home in Ireland in orHer to fu lfil a family obligation by becoming the child bride of her Portuguese cousin Joao. Brought together by a priceless heirloom and drawn ever closer to the eye of the storm brewing between Spain and England, Tristram and Sara should be natural enemies, for one is an English Protestant and the other anIrish Catholic. But although they know that their love may end in tragedy, each feels compelled to pursue it, whatever the cost. Spanning thirty Eliz abethan years — from the first rumours of a Spanish invasion to the horror of ships foundering on the gale-torn coast of Ireland, from Drake's attack on Cadiz to the launching of fireships off Calais, and from the secret infatuation of a boy and girl to the inseverable bond of mature love — Armada brings to life one of the most momentous events in human history." (from thedj). Contents : Part I. Provocations. 1. The Greater Catch. 2. Shadows on the Mountain. 3. Jennifer. 4. Tristram the Navigator. Parit II. Preparations. 5. The Fugitive. 6. Back from the Dead. 7. A Gentleman from London. 8. Penance. 9. Through the Fire. 10. The End of a Honeymoon. Part III. Confronations. 11. Face to Face. 12. Sara. 13. The Edge of Destiny. 14. Armada! 15.The Fight. Part IV. Consummations. 16. Let Tyrants Fear. 17. The Winds and Waters Rise. 18. No Place for Ladies. 19. A Face at the Window. 20. Again Ballingolin. Epilogue : Footprints on the Sands. Penned name and address, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 15.00