The Armadas (there were three more Armadas sent by Spain against Elizabethan England, following that of 1588) have entered into legend. Did Drake play his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe? Was the proposed invasion of England ever a practical proposition? Why did the Armada flee from a few fire ships at Calais? Why did it suit both sides to attribute success or failure to Divine intervention? Where did the myth of the smaller English ships originate?Views: 780 | Enquiries: 0
I have a Humanities degree from Bristol Polytechnic and subsequently qualified as a teacher in Further Education. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember and enjoy demolishing popular historical myths. I have delivered courses on a wide range of historical subjects (hopefully with enthusiasm and humour) at Peterborough City College, Stamford Arts Centre, the Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham and also to a wide variety of local groups and societies for some twenty years. In answer to the question ‘What is your favourite period of history?’ I would be most likely to say “Just the last 3,250 years”. Since 2006 I have given a series of lectures for Peterborough Museum and participated in historical re-enactments and guided tours. I am currently engaged in research for a book on Bosworth Field and co-writing a history of Peterborough, both of which it is hoped will be published eventually.
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