CARDINAL OF SPAIN Simon Harcourt-Smith Knopf ($3.50).
In the spring of 1718 Britain's dis affected Catholic clergy gazed out to sea ready to burst into a loud Te Deum.
Cause: the second Spanish Armada, which was carrying 5,000 Spanish troops to lead a west-of-England rising against Protestant George I. The fleet had been sent by Spain's wily Premier, Cardinal Alberoni.
But, like the first Spanish Armada, the second was scattered by a storm. "Human schemes, unaided by Providence, are of little or no use," reflected the Cardinal.
"Of the plans I devised . ....