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Manuscript/Mixed Material Letter signed, to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, giving instructions in view of the expected intentions of the English squadron under Drake reported to be then attacking Cadiz

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Title

  • Letter signed, to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, giving instructions in view of the expected intentions of the English squadron under Drake reported to be then attacking Cadiz

Summary

  • This letter clearly demonstrates the intimate contact between the Duke of Medina Sidonia and the Court. It exemplifies Philip II's reaction to the extremely unwelcome news that the English were not merely taking the preparation of an Armada against them seriously, but were trying to prevent it from ever getting to sea, and even dared to enter his own harbors to attack it. This is the celebrated episode when Sir Francis Drake, as he put it, "singed the King of Spain's beard."

Names

  • Philip II, King of Spain, 1527-1598
  • Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • May 4, 1587

Headings

  • -  Philip--II,--King of Spain,--1527-1598
  • -  Armada, 1588
  • -  Spain--Defenses--Early works to 1800

Notes

  • -  Folio (315 x 215 mm.). Written on paper in Spanish in a clear scribal hand, with an addition of three lines (24 words), after the date, in the King's autograph. Signed by the King "Yo El Rey."
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress website.
  • -  Description based on Global Gateway metadata.
  • -  drakenew

Medium

  • 2 sheets

Repository

  • Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbc.home

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021699426

Online Format

  • pdf
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Chicago citation style:

Philip Ii, King Of Spain, and Hans And Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection. Letter signed, to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, giving instructions in view of the expected intentions of the English squadron under Drake reported to be then attacking Cadiz. May 4, 1587. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021699426/.

APA citation style:

Philip Ii, K. O. S. & Hans And Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection. (1587) Letter signed, to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, giving instructions in view of the expected intentions of the English squadron under Drake reported to be then attacking Cadiz. May 4. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021699426/.

MLA citation style:

Philip Ii, King Of Spain, and Hans And Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection. Letter signed, to the Duke of Medina Sidonia, giving instructions in view of the expected intentions of the English squadron under Drake reported to be then attacking Cadiz. May 4, 1587. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021699426/>.