Queen Elizabeth I – Greatest Speeches In History

The Spanish Armada (with 17,000 soldiers) was sailing to invade England, when Queen Elizabeth I took command at Tilbury and addressed the troops with this powerful speech.

QUEEN ELIZABETH I: 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 in 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 as you see at this time, not for my recreation and disport, 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 in the dust.  I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach 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 realm, to which, rather than any dishonour shall 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 for your forwardness you have deserved rewards and crowns, and we do assure you, in the word of a Prince, they shall be duly paid you…By your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over these enemies of my God, of my kingdom and of my people.

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