Learn about The Armada at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:30 18 April 2017

Dr Sam Willis

Dr Sam Willis

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A warm-up event has been announced ahead of this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival (September 13-17).

Dr Sam Willis – an expert on maritime history – will give a talk at St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton, at 7.30pm on Friday, May 12.

His topic will be The Armada, recounting the dramatic story of how England came within a whisker of disaster in the summer of 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 II – the king of Spain – 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.

Dr Willis’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”.

Tickets are £10 (£8 students), from www.budlitfest.org.uk or at the Visitor Information Centre, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6NG. Call 01395 445275.

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