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Voices from Rycote: Congratulatory letter from Elizabeth I to Sir John Norris

At the close of March 1594 it was reported that the Spanish were building a fort named 'El León' at Crozon in an attempt to cut off the port of Brest in Brittany. A Spanish occupied Brest posed a direct threat to the safety of England. The task of reducing the fort fell to Sir John Norris, commander of an English army already serving in Brittany in support of Henry IV's succession to the French throne. After a month long siege, Norris led a combined English and French assault on the fort on 7 November. The Spanish garrison was overrun after five and a half hours of fighting. In this letter Elizabeth I congratulates Norris and "our valiant Capteyns and souldiars by whose manhod and valure the prowde Spaniard was vanquished." (Shelfmark: MS. St. Amand 8, fol. 63)

Voices from Rycote: Congratulatory letter from Elizabeth I to Sir John Norris