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Royal History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley Episode 2 | BBC Four | Tues 25 Feb 2020

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Lucy Worsley discovers how the history of the Spanish Armada has been manipulated and mythologised by generations of writers, politicians and artists.

The defeat of the Spanish Armada is an inspiring tale of an underdog English navy defeating an ‘invincible’ Spanish fleet: the moment which set England on the path to imperial glory. Tales of Sir Francis Drake calmly finishing his game of bowls and Elizabeth I rousing her troops at Tilbury with the ‘heart and stomach of a king’ have become iconic. However, this is a story that is full of fibs.

Right up to the present day, the defeat of the Spanish Armada has been told and retold to show Britain as an island nation destined for greatness. But what if the story of that victory is built on sand?

Lucy explores how Elizabethan propaganda spun the defeat of the Spanish Armada as a Protestant victory for the Virgin Queen. She then discovers how the Victorians celebrated it as the start of the British Empire when Britain ruled the waves.

Pictured: Lucy at Tilbury

Airdate: Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 9.00pm on BBC Four.

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