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The Spanish Armada

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 07 October 2010

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Spanish Armada. On May 28th, 1588, a fleet of a hundred and fifty-one Spanish ships set out from Lisbon, bound for England. Its mission was to transport a huge invasion force across the Channel: the Spanish King, Philip II, was determined to remove Elizabeth from the throne and return the English to the Catholic fold.

Two months later the mighty Spanish Armada was sighted off the coast of Cornwall. Bad weather, poor planning and spirited English resistance defeated the Spaniards: after a brief battle the remnants of their fleet fled. This tale of religious dispute, shifting political alliance and naval supremacy has entered our folklore - although some historians argue it changed nothing.

With:

Diane Purkiss
Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford

Mia Rodriguez-Salgado
Professor in International History at the London School of Economics

Nicholas Rodger
Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Garrett Mattingly, 'The Defeat of the Spanish Armada' (Pimlico, 3rd edition, 2000)

    Colin Martin & Geoffrey Parker, 'The Spanish Armada' (2nd edn, London, 1999)

    N.A.M. Rodger, 'The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Great Britain, 660-1649' (London, 1997)

    David Loades, 'The Making of the Elizabethan Navy 1540-1590: From the Solent to the Armada' (Woodbridge, 2009)

    'Armada. The Official Catalogue of the National Maritime Museum Exhibition' (With contributions from the staff of the National Maritime Museum; Penguin Books, 1988)

    Edited with Dr. Simon Adams, 'England, Spain and the Gran Armada, 1585-1604. Essays from the Anglo-Spanish Conferences, London and Madrid 1988' (John Donald, Edinburgh, 1991)

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