Drake and the Tudor Navy: With a History of the Rise of England as a Maritime Power - Vol. 2

Drake and the Tudor Navy: With a History of the Rise of England as a Maritime Power - Vol. 2

Read FREE!

Drake and the Tudor Navy: With a History of the Rise of England as a Maritime Power - Vol. 2

Drake and the Tudor Navy: With a History of the Rise of England as a Maritime Power - Vol. 2

Read FREE!

Excerpt

That the forces which again and again had availed to avert the great war could withstand so sounding a blow as that which Drake` had given to Philip's prestige was already regarded as impossible when in the midst of the ovation, with which he was received on his return, was revealed the great 'Babington Plot.' The assassination of Elizabeth, it was declared, was to be followed by an insurrection in Mary Stuart's favour, supported by the Guises and Spain. The ring-leaders were arrested; Mary was placed in close confinement, charged with complicity in the plot, a threat of war from France immediately followed and no one could tell what Scotland would do. The crisis was come at last, and every preparation was made to meet it. The fleet was mobilised to guard the Narrow Seas, and for the first weeks after Drake's return the only question was how best to repeat his stroke. But war did not come. Once more the diplomatists took possession of the stage. In spite of every provocation Philip with shattered credit and an exhausted treasury had no mind to play dog to the Pope and hound his stray sheep back to the fold for nothing, and until he had some security that Rome would pay a large share of the expense of the English Enterprise he would not take the irrevocable step. The prevailing idea at the Vatican was that with or without assistance the . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.