Spanish Armada

Though the great Armada in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I is alluded to in both SARUM and LONDON, it becomes the principal action in 'The Armada Tree' chapter of THE FOREST. The story of the wreck of a Spanish galleon full of bullion near Hurst Castle in the Forest is based upon local evidence.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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