The Spanish Armada: The History and Legacy of Spain’s Notorious Naval Debacle

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Descriptions : Includes pictures br Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading br Includes a table of contents br br My loving people we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety to take heed how we commit ourself to armed multitudes for fear of treachery but I assure you I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman but I have the heart and stomach of a king and of a King of England too and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm Queen Elizabeth I br br On July the legendary Spanish Armada started for the English channel The Spanish plan was to take this invasion led by the Duke of Parma to the coast of southeast England where they would be released to conquer Elizabethan England for the Spanish monarch and Catholic Christendom The Armada included over ships sailors and soldiers and it boasted a firepower of brass guns and iron guns Just leaving port itself took the entire Armada two days br br As everyone who has been taught history now knows the Armada was one of the most famous military debacles in history Now whether it was simple mathematical miscalculation or plain bad luck coupled with English fire ships assailing the Spanish ships the Armada was decisively defeated The Armada ultimately found its reluctant way home in awful conditions having permanently lost over one third of the ships and on the Irish coast the Armada had suffered further losses br br Not yet knowing what had happened to the Armada internal English gentry and militias sought to secure and protect England This is when Elizabeth I consolidated her image as mother protector of her people inspecting her troops long and to this day a regal tradition at Tilbury on August Elizabeth adorned herself in honor and rallied her people to fight the Spanish When the Armada was indeed defeated Elizabeth was hailed as a great savior of England one who was willing to risk her own life to protect her children and her kingdom In actuality Elizabeth s luck had not been insignificant but her preparations had also been immaculate and indeed her pageantry had paid off The monarch s procession to a service of thanksgiving at St Paul s Cathedral further solidified public support and the vanquishing of the Armada became an unbelievably potent propaganda tool to warn away other sovereigns and kingdoms looking at England with desire br br Rightly or wrongly the English people including many of Elizabeth s Catholic subjects who did not relish the idea of Spanish rule interpreted this victory as a manifestation of divine favor and of England s sacrosanct status under its virgin ruler What was ignored in the middle of the celebrations was that the Anglo Spanish War did continue and would continue until In reality on the facts it seems that this conflict often did favor Spain After all the Spanish retained the Netherlands thus hanging the scepter of possible invasion from that side br br The Spanish Armada looks at the ill fated expedition from its origins to its demise Along with pictures of important peoplelaces and events you will learn about the Armada like never before in no time at all

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