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How accurately does the film ‘Drake of England’, deal with the Spanish Armada and its failure?

DrakeIn 1588, Philip II began his ‘enterprise of England’ or the Spanish Armada as it is better known.

For many years historians in England and Spain subscribed to the view of the Spanish Armada as a great English victory against the odds.

Superior English seamanship along with heroic captains such as Drake ensured Spain was defeated.

This ‘whiggish’ interpretation was still very much alive in 1935 when the British film, Drake of England was released.

In this enquiry your students contrast the film’s interpretation against a range of evidence. This not only allows them to understand the reasons that the Armada failed but also to judge the historical accuracy of the film.

Such interpretations work is important at GCSE level.

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