The Spanish Armada 8 – Elizabeth’s Tilbury Speech

| August 9, 2010

On the 9th August 1588 (old calendar) Elizabeth I appeared before her troops gathered at Tilbury. In her article “The Myth of Elizabeth at Tilbury”, Susan Frye, writes that there are no reliable eye-witness accounts regarding Elizabeth I’s appearance on that day, but that tradition places the Queen in armour, giving a rousing speech – […]

Elizabeth I: The Speechmaker

| March 8, 2010

Today in celebration of International Women’s Day and Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first female director to win an Oscar, I thought I’d look at Elizabeth I as speechmaker, a lady who would not have any trouble with an Oscar acceptance speech, even if it was completely off-the-cuff! Elizabeth definitely had a way with words and […]

The Tilbury Speech

| August 20, 2009

The Tilbury Speech of 1588 was Elizabeth I’s most famous speech and was given in August 1588 to the land forces at Tilbury, in Essex, who were preparing to defend England against the Spanish Armada. There are two main versions of the speech:- Version 1 This version is from a letter written by Dr Leonel […]