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Tudor Minute May 28: Spanish Armada sets sail for England

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for May 28.

Today in 1588, the Spanish Armada set sail for England. It had been a long time coming. The original plan was to invade even a year before, but Francis Drake’s attack on Cadiz delayed it for another year. But now, it was here. The Duke of Medina-Sidonia commanded 130 ships, officially called the Grande y Felicísima Armada, literally “Great and Most Fortunate Navy”. The plan was to meet up with the army in Flanders, and escort them over to invade England. All summer long, England would have watchers along the coast, ready to light the invasion beacons.

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at englandcast.com where there is a series on the Spanish Armada.


The Spanish Armada Part I: A 30 Year Road to Battle

Armada II: The Battle