Despite what some say, Britain is not always on the right side of history

The Spanish Armada was a victory for exceptionalism, the English Armada less so You will have heard of the Spanish Armada of 1588, in which King Philip II’s boys took one hell of a beating. Up to 60 ships sunk, 15,000 lives lost, a famous speech by Elizabeth I. But you may not have heard of the return fixture, the English Armada , 1589, a disastrous attack on Spain in which Francis Drake’s fleet lost 40 ships and 10,000 to 15,000 lives. Continue reading...