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Bijlaer, Gerard van, active 1540?-1617, medalist.
The destruction of the Spanish Armada
England, 1588
Physical Description:
1 medallion : silver ; 51 mm in diameter
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Cabinet Z1 2
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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"Silver medal: (obverse) Pope, kings, bishops and others, seated in consultation, with bandaged eyes; the floor filled with spikes. (reverse) The Spanish fleet driven against rocks ... The obverse sarcastically satirizes the vain efforts of the Pope, the Emperor, Philip II, the Duke de Guise and other Princes, who had confederated against Elizabeth. The reverse records the destruction of the Spanish Armada, and ascribes the event to the immediate interference of Heaven."--British Museum.
Inscribed on obverse: "O COECAS HOMINVM MENTES O PECTOEA COECA" (Oh! the blind minds, the blind hearts of men).
Inscribed on reverse: "DVRVM EST CONTRA STIMVLOS CALCITRARE" (It is hard to kick against the pricks--Acts ix. 5); "VENI VIDE VIVE 1588" (Come, see, live); "TV DEVS MAGNVS ET MAGNA FACIS TV SOLVS DEVS" (Thou, God, art great and doest wondrous things; thou art God alone--Psalms. lxxxvi. 10). Translations from British Museum.
British Museum. Medallic illustrations of the history of Great Britain and Ireland, 1 p. 144.111
Attwood, P. Medals of dishonour, p. 40-41
British Museum collection, 1950,0805.3
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Subject Terms:
Armada, 1588.
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603.
Great Britain -- History, Naval -- Tudors, 1485-1603.
Medals -- Specimens.
Spain -- History -- Phillip II, 1556-1598.
Spain -- History, Naval -- 16th century.
Medallions (medals)
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