11 June 2020
7.00pm - 8.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm)
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On Sunday 19 July 1545, Henry VIII watched helplessly as the Mary Rose, pride of his Navy, heeled suddenly to starboard and sank within seconds. The ship, its guns, and over 500 men were lost. But the Mary Rose was not alone on the Solent, as she was in the vanguard of a large English force amassed at Spithead to oppose a French invasion fleet, three times their number. The French ships carried a massive invasion army intent on landing on the English shore. The geography of Portsmouth, the Solent and the Isle of Wight were of immense importance as they were the theatre and the stage upon which the decisive battle scene was to be played out. The fate of the English crown depended on the shape of the landscape, the ebb and flow of the tide, the will of the wind and, above all, the local knowledge and skill of the English admiral, captains, mariners and soldiers to use the geography of land and sea to their advantage.
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