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CLIP 9532

The Armada (audio)

The Armada (audio)
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  • The Armada (audio)
  • Duration: 08:28
  • Set in Dorset in 1588, Thomas Harte and his father are ferrying metal shot from the shore to the ships of the English navy facing the Armada in the Channel. However, when they put on board they are sent below decks and told to get ready to engage the enemy. On the gun deck, Thomas joins the gunners as they fire cannons at the Spanish ships. The return fire pierces the ship's side and Thomas experiences the horror of naval warfare. Later the English prepare 'fire ships' and Thomas watches as confusion spreads among the enemy. When the fighting is over, Thomas and his father expect to be released. But they are kept on board ship along with all the other sailors to avoid, Thomas believes, paying their wages. By the time they are put on shore Thomas's father is very ill and Thomas must make the long walk home by himself.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Tudors: Tudor Life

  • Keywords: Tudors, Spanish Armada, English navy, 1588, schoolradio
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  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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