The Spanish Armada of 1588

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The Spanish Armada is one of the most famous events in English history, and a story that many can recount. The terrible Spanish tried to invade to depose the beloved Elizabeth I, but due to English ingenuity and British weather it failed spectacularly. Of course, the story is never as clear cut as that, and there was a lot of political lead up and aftermath to the failed expedition.

Spain and England were not necessarily traditional enemies up to this point. In fact, Elizabeth’s predecessor, Mary I, even married the Spanish king, Philip II. The English people had been worried at the potential control Philip may try and wield over the country, or the potential European wars the country may be dragged into as a result of Philip’s Habsburg lineage. As a result, Queen Mary’s Marriage Act was drawn up to ensure that Mary retained more authority over the kingdom…

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