Friday, 22 February 2013

Following on from Horrible Histories!! Queen Elizabeth I's speech to the Spanish Armada

Here we have a link to a beautifully presented table of the British Monarchs for those of you who might like to take a look... after all, history is history and there's nothing can change that!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_monarchs



This next piece is taken from Famous Quotes:

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The Spanish Armada a Speech by Queen Elizabeth I of England
Addressed to the English army at Tilbury Fort - 1588


My loving people, we have been persuaded by some, that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people.

Let tyrants fear; I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects. And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even the dust.

I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonour should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.

I know already, by your forwardness, that you have deserved rewards and crowns; and we do assure you, on the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble and worthy subject; not doubting by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and by your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over the enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.




The horrors of war will always remain exactly that- horrors. Time we learnt our lesson and addressed daily life respecting our individuality and do our utmost to live in peace.

Jaz McKenzie

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