Saturday, 8 August 2015

Queen Elizabeth and the Tilbury Speech

On this day Queen Elizabeth I delivers her most famous speech. 

In 1588 an Armada of ships prepared to invade England, defeat its armies and depose Queen Elizabeth. The Spanish fleet consisted of around 

"130 ships, 8,000 sailors and 18,000 soldiers, 1,500 brass guns and 1,000 iron guns."

Spain at this time was one of the wealthiest and most powerful in the world. England in comparison was much weaker, both economically and militarily, and being a Protestant nation  the country lacked powerful allies. 

The story of Elizabeth's speech and how it still continues to be quoted 427 years later is in my blog at

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