Research Repository

If the Armada Had Landed: A Reappraisal of England's Defences in 1588

Younger, Neil (2008) 'If the Armada Had Landed: A Reappraisal of England's Defences in 1588.' History, 93 (311). pp. 328-354. ISSN 0018-2648

Full text not available from this repository.


The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 stands as one of the greatest triumphs of Elizabeth I's reign, but, the success of the navy notwithstanding, received wisdom presents the land defences as woefully inadequate. This article shows that the existing picture of the English preparations is flawed in several ways and that they were better organized, more efficient and more willing than has been recognized. The privy council was called upon to deploy limited forces to defend a long coastline against an unpredictable attacker, and the evidence shows that they contrived to maximize the effectiveness of the available resources whilst balancing the calls of military practicality, financial necessity and political constraints. An assessment is also made of the response from the counties, using the mobilization as a test case of the structures put in place by the Elizabethan regime to deal with such an emergency.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 10:10
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 10:10

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item