The Tudor Society

April 19 – Sir Francis Drake singes the King of Spain’s beard

A miniature of Francis Drake by Nicholas Hilliard

On this day in Tudor history, 19th April 1587, Sir Francis Drake "singed the King of Spain's beard", as he called it, by attacking the Spanish fleet in the harbour of Cadiz.

Drake's actions on that day and the following few days meant that King Philip had to postpone his plans for the Spanish Armada to attack England - phew!

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