Sunday, 3 July 2011
The Spanish Armada - In Our Time
When I was at school the Spanish Armada was described as being a huge threat to English independence that was heroically fought off against the odds by plucky seamen who used their skill to defeat a much stronger foe.
Since then it has been steadily downplayed, including this broadcast which suggests that there really wasn't that much danger of it unless it linked up with the troops. And the wind played the biggest role in its defeat.
This is an interesting show, but at this rate before long we'll be saying the biggest risk the Armada posed was that England might have run out of sticking plasters for a few extra blisters caused by doing a bit more sailing about than usual.