Brief History of England

Brief History of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... throne. Fourteen of the conspirators were put to death. Mary was then brought to trial, . and pronounced guilty of having consented to the plot. She was therefore doomed to die, and was beheaded in the year 1587 in Fotheringay1 Castle, where she had last been Zj imprisoned. This is a great stain on the character of Elizabeth. 3. Soon after this, Philip of Spain, --who had married Mary I., and after her death had offered his hand to Elizabeth, and had been rejected, --fitted out a great fleet for the invasion of England. He took this step 1 Fotheringay.--In Northamptonshire; 10 miles south-west of Peterborough. The castle was razed to the ground by order of James T., soon after his accession to the throne. (See Map, P. 7.) partly in revenge for Elizabeth having refused his hand, and partly with the hope of restoring the Roman Catholic religion in England. So sure did he feel of success, that he called his fleet the Invincible Armada. It consisted of 130 large ships, and a number of small ones. There were 20,000 soldiers on board, and there was an army of 40,000 on the coast of Flanders, ready to be conveyed to England on the shortest notice. The Navy of England contained only thirty small vessels; but a great effort was made by the whole nation, --by Catholics as well as by Protestants, --and about 140 ships were sent out to defend the coasts. Lord Howard, the commander, was himself a Catholic; and under him were the famous navigators Drake, Hawkins, and Frobisher. The Armada came full sail up the English Channel, stretching for seven miles across the blue waters. The English fleet sailed out of Plymouth harbour to meet it. The battle commenced, and much damage was done to the ships of the enemy; which, however, sailed along as far a
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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848489
  • 9781236848482