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Tangier (Hardback)

The Earliest Battle Honour

Military > By Century > 17th Century P&S History > British History > Tudors & Stuarts World History > Africa

By John Hawkins
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 50 mono
ISBN: 9781399073066
Published: 28th November 2023


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In 1661 Portugal ceded Tangier to Charles II as part of Catherine of Braganza’s dowry settlement. Thus started the adventure known as ‘English Tangier’ whereby the Stuart monarch spent a king’s ransom defending a city perched precariously on the North African coast surrounded by hostile powers.

Woven into the historical fabric of C17th, this is a compelling narrative history bringing to life the characters that comprised English Tangier, and the greed, ambition and religious fervour which drove the political manoeuvrings, ignited the emotions and produced acts of extreme heroism in the struggle to impose British rule on an alien culture.

The book describes the surreal reality of life in Tangier, the Tangier Regiment, the developing army tradition of dashing gallantry and unselfish bravery, and other regiments holding the earliest battle honour – ‘Tangier’.

It also highlights the actions of those who determined the development of the town and its eventual fate. We see the results of decisions made by Charles II and his brother the Duke of York (soon to be James II), the qaids and sultans of Morocco, the Spanish Duke of Medina, Samuel Pepys and the successive governors of Tangier.

Article: Political manoeuvrings in Tangier; local author digs into the history of the English involvement in the north African port

Newbury Weekly News

About John Hawkins

John Hawkins was educated at Manchester University (BSc Hons), Exeter University (MSc) and Leeds University (PGCE).
During his retirement John has spent several years researching the reign of Charles II from original sources in the British Library, the National Archives, the Bodleian, the National Maritime Museum and local Archives. In addition he has read widely from British, European and Moroccan sources and studied recent Doctoral theses, as well as attending lectures and re-enactments.
This wide variety of sources has resulted in an original and balanced viewpoint.

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