On this day in 1588 – A service of thanksgiving was held for the victory over the Spanish Armada

On 20th August 1588 a service of thanksgiving was held at St Paul’s in London to give thanks for the English victory over the Spanish and the Armada that had been sent by King Philip of Spain to invade and conquer England.

elizabeth I thanksgiving armadaElizabeth I travelling to St Paul’s for the thanksgiving service

Queen Elizabeth believed that the victory was down to the ‘Protestant wind’ that was sent by God that scattered the Armada and damaged many of their ships despite the fact that Lord Howard of Effingham and Sir Francis Drake guided the English navy through many of the battles and skirmishes that they encountered.

Elizabeth commissioned a special medal to celebrate the victory that was inscribed with the words ‘Flavit Jehovah et Dissipati Sunt’ which meant ‘God blew and they were scattered’

Armada medal

The medal commissioned for the victory over the Spanish Armada

You can read more about the Spanish Armada here:

Part One – http://wp.me/p5LWKn-as

Part Two – http://wp.me/p5LWKn-aG

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