"I have always so behaved myself, that under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and goodwill of my subjects, and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all, to lay down for my God, and for my Kingdom, and for my People, my honour, and my blood, even in the dust.
I know I have the body of a weak and 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 of Spain, or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm. I myself will be your general, judge and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field."
Extract from a speech by Elizabeth as written down by Dr Lionel Sharp. Sharp was asked to read it to the troops the day after it had been delivered by Elizabeth.
The Spanish plan was for the Armada to pick up the Duke of Parma's army in the Spanish Netherlands and then cross the Channel to invade England. At this point the Armada was in the North Sea but neither Elizabeth nor anyone else knew exactly where. There was still great danger.
This speech was meant to encourage the men in Elizabeth's army. Elizabeth is saying that she is prepared to die in defence of the kingdom. Parma was the Governor-General of the Netherlands and leader of the Spanish army, which was to invade.