This set of three double moulds which cast the six pieces required to make a complete chess set side: King, Queen, Bishop, knight, Rook, Pawn. You will require about 18 bars of metal to complete a full chess set.
The complete Spanish Armada 1588 chess set has two sides, the English and the Spanish.
The Spanish Armada was a Spanish fleet of 130 ships that sailed from La Coruña in August 1588, under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia with the purpose of escorting the army from Flanders to invade England. The strategic aim was to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I and her establishment of Protestantism in England, with the expectation that this would put a stop to English interference in the Spanish Netherlands and to the harm caused to Spanish interests by English and Dutch privateering. In July 1588, as the Spanish Armada came nearer, the Earl of Leicester was appointed "Lieutenant and Captain-General of the Queen's Armies and Companies".
The King of Spain's (Philip II) plans failed and it eventually resulted in the loss of about one third of their armada, thanks to a variety of factors including opportunistic tactics by the English and Dutch as well as storms that resulted in many ship wreaks off the shores of Scotland and Ireland.
King: Robert Dudley (Earl of Leicester), Queen: Elizabeth I, Bishop: English Admiral (Sir Francis Drake), Knight: English mounted man-at-arms, Rook: English Galleon, Pawn: English sailor.
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