This year’s festival dates: 13 – 17 September 2017
The Armada – 12 Days To Save England
Friday, 12 May 2017
Tickets: £10 per person (£8 students)
Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. His work takes him on adventures all over the world.
Dr Sam Willis will recount the dramatic story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in summer 1588.
In the 16th century, Spain dominated European politics and trade. At first Elizabeth’s moderate religious policy ensured England did not pose a threat. However, the excommunication of Elizabeth, the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, English support for rebels in the Spanish Netherlands and participation in Atlantic trade, infuriated Spain. Philip felt that England should be forced to take a subservient position in European politics. The events that followed have become an intrinsic part of both Spanish and English history.
Sam’s talk will illuminate the battles, logistics and military resources of each fleet, the Armada and the English Navy, and will reveal “the real story of the Spanish Armada”.
The 2017 Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Young Writer Bursaries
Take a look at 2016’s incredible Literary Festival line-up. Authors & speakers include: Helen Rappaport, Marcus du Sautoy, Hilary Mantel, Tom Bower, Deborah Moggach, Virginia Baily, Jenny Balfour Paul, Alexandra Harris, Juliet Nicolson, Mike Brearley, Peter Snowdon, Jackie Kay, Andy Brown, Simon Garfield, Harry Parker, Peter Hanington, Tahmima Anam, Luke Harding, Shami Chakrabarti, Kate Summerscale, Mark Haddon, Helen Pearson, A.C. Grayling, Artemis Cooper, Helen Dunmore.