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3D Object Armada medal

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Title

  • Armada medal

Summary

  • Dutch medal of silver, commemorating the defeat of the Invincible Armada, produced in Middelburg (Netherlands). This is perhaps the best known of the many medals (thirteen in all are recorded by Fernández Duro) issued in England and Holland to propagandize the stunning defeat of the Spanish Armada. The obverse displays a rocky islet--a church building on it (symbolizing the Church of England) remains unmoved by the stormy seas which beat against the rocks. The legend, in a surrounding border, "Allidor Non Laedor" may be paraphrased as: "The waves break against me, but I am not broken." On the reverse is a naval battle scene, with the legend in surrounding border: "1588. Flavit Jehovah et Dissipati Sunt" ("Jehovah" in Hebrew script) = "God blew, and they were scattered." This medal, with its frequently quoted legend "Flavit Jehovah...," greatly promoted the idea that the Armada was defeated by adverse weather; actually, this was only a small part of the cause, as the Spanish fleet was in full retreat back home when many of its ships were wrecked by tempests.

Names

  • Hans and Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • 1588.

Headings

  • -  Drake, Francis,--approximately 1540-1596
  • -  Armada, 1588
  • -  Commemorative medal

Notes

  • -  Cesáreo Fernández Duro, La Armada Invencible , I, 218, no. 9; Michael Lewis, The Spanish Armada , p. 186, and fig. 31-32.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress website.
  • -  Description based on Global Gateway metadata.
  • -  drakenew

Medium

  • 1 medal ; 51 mm in diameter in a cloth case.

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

  • 2021699440

Online Format

  • pdf
  • image

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Credit Line: Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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Hans And Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection. Armada Medal. 1588. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021699440/.

APA citation style:

Hans And Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection. (1588) Armada Medal. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021699440/.

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Hans And Hanni Kraus Sir Francis Drake Collection. Armada Medal. 1588. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021699440/>.