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How much does a 16th Century Dutch painting reveal about why England and Spain went to war?

war with SpainIn 1558 Elizabeth had been asked to marry Philip II of Spain.

Despite turning him down, relations between the two countries remained good for the early part of her reign.

Yet by 1585, Elizabeth found herself in a war she never wanted with the most powerful nation in Europe. Why?

In this enquiry your students analyse the various reasons for the war.

They are shown a Dutch allegorical painting. Can they spot anything strange about it?

Next, they evaluate the different arguments for the war, then link them together. This helps  your class explain and decide on the most important reason for the war.

Your students then return to the painting. What does it mean? Does it prioritise the same important reason as they do?

The enquiries below have each been designed specifically to fit the Edexcel and the AQA specifications and assessment requirements. Please ensure you select the correct download for your course.

Download lesson – AQA

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Download lesson – Edexcel

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