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Monty Python was wrong!!

Bill Bryson's Shakespeare: The World As A Stage has, in addition to lots of biographical information about Shakespeare, quite a bit of historical information about England and the rest of the world at the time, including the power struggles between European nations.

I found this interesting item about England's victory over the Spanish Armada:

The defeat of the Spanish Armada changed history...Had the Armada prevailed, it would have brought with it the Spanish Inquisition, with goodness knows what consequences for Elizabethan England

Apparently England WAS expecting the Spanish inquisition, thus giving the lie to Monty Python!