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Sir Walter Raleigh : Captain and Adventurer
Sir Walter Raleigh Captain and Adventurer Author:Geoffrey Trease A stirring biography of Raleigh, Elizabeth's Captain of the Guards, this book has the action and pace of a rousing adventure story. Mr. Trease has accurately depicted a gallant hero, courageous and versatile, who was, above all, pure of heart in an age of intrigue and deceit. — Born to no fortune or high estate, Raleigh had to make his own way w... more »ith his wits and his sword. Even in an age of brave and colorful men, his personal courage in the Irish Wars was such that it attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth, who placed him in her court after his return to England. Advancement followed swiftly, but the mercurial Queen, quick to praise, was also quick to scorn, and her disapproval of Raleigh's secret marriage sent him to prison. It was there he made plans for fulfilling a long-cherished ambition, and upon his release he carried out a voyage of exploration to the fabulous New World. But more difficult days were to come -- days filled with insidious plots against him. Yet through it all, his courageous spirit never failed. Finally sentenced to the scaffold by Elizabeth's successor, the tyrannical James I, Raleigh went to his death as bravely as he lived.
Through access to British sources Mr. Trease, who has devoted many years to the Elizabethan period, has produced not only a most moving story but also an authentic re-creation of this exciting and important era.« less