The Armada – 12 Days To Save England

Friday, 12 May 2017. Tickets: £10 per person (£8 students).
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton.
Doors open: 7pm. Event starts: 7.30pm.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. His work takes him on adventures all over the world.

Dr Sam Willis, award-winning historian, archaeologist, broadcaster

Event information

Date: Friday, 12 May 2017
Tickets: £10 per person (£8 students)
Start time: 7:30pm
Doors open: 7pm
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton.
Tickets also available at:
Visitor Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6NG.
Tel: 01395 445275

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 Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

One of the most famous portraits of British history, showing an elegant and triumphant Elizabeth I after the defeat of the Spanish Armada. In the top left-hand corner you can see the victorious English Navy, and in the top right you can see the wreckage of the defeated Armada.

View clip from BBC series Armada: 12 Days To Save England
As the Armada lay waiting off Calais, the English commanders decided to send in fireships to break the Spanish fleet.

If you are interested in the Armada there is a useful little section on the BBC website which gives a brief but detailed account of various aspects of the event.