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The Defeat of the Spanish Armada

In July 1588 the Spanish Armada sailed from Corunna to conquer England. Three weeks later an English fireship attack in the Channel—and then a fierce naval battle—foiled the planned invasion. Many myths still surround these events. The genius of Sir Francis Drake is exalted, while Spain’s efforts are belittled. But what really happened during that fateful encounter?


For this episode of the podcast, Dan welcomes back distinguished professor and historian, Geoffrey Parker. They deconstruct the many legends to reveal why, ultimately, the bold Spanish mission failed.


‘Armada. The Spanish Enterprise and England's Deliverance in 1588’ will be published in October 2022.


Produced by Hannah Ward

Mixed and Mastered by Dougal Patmore


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