I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king—and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which, rather than any dishonour should grow by me, I myself will take up arms—I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.
Elizabeth I (1533–1603), Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 2, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923).
In a stirring speech to England's troops in 1588 on the hill at Tilbury; it was they who would have to defend her reign against the Armada, the fleet which had been sent by Philip II of Spain, a Roman Catholic, to overthrow Elizabeth, who was a Protestant, and take her throne. The English defeated the Armada.