Two faiths, two empires, two rulers - colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, who's under house arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her passionate majesty?Written by
When Elizabeth is shown her suitors, Christopher Hatton stands next to a table with a model of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on it. See more »
The trees being chopped down in large numbers to build King Philipps Fleet are clearly some kind of coniferous wood, which is highly unsuitable for building ships and was not used at all for this purpose. They would rather have used oak-wood for this, and it is a known fact that large numbers of the great oak forests in some European countries were completely lumbered down for its precious woods. See more »
Spain is the most powerful empire in the world. Philip of Spain, a devout Catholic, has plunged Europe into holy war. Only England stands against him, ruled by a Protestant Queen.
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Well, the story is interesting and Cate Blanchett play her role very good, but the story is stretched and at the end when Spain attacks with its armada is quickly finishes end the attack scene is really short.
They could have made this a spectacular movie, nice story, great costumes. But after the first 45 minutes it get boring and you ask yourself why. Then towards the end i hoped to see a great battle at sea, but it didn't happen.
The movie is watchable but don't expect too much.
It might be wiser to rent this one on DVD instead of going to the movies.
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