Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh

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`Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the man who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.'



Sir Walter Ralegh







Sir Walter Ralegh was a writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer. He lived more lives than most in his own time, in any time.



We do not even know when this fifth son of a Devonshire gentleman was born, yet he went on to `climb full high' in the England of Queen Elizabeth I. How was such a man able to do this?



His life was romantic, irresistible and of central importance to early modern history. Prone to periods of extreme melancholy alternating with extreme activity, here was a liar who believed his own lies. He had a hunger for life, a longing for death, a passion for words ... and a love of silk stockings.



Always driven, and always consumed with wonder, Ralegh was a man who pored over maps, asking dangerous questions of the world around him.



His death is a convoluted and contested tale of bargaining, failure and betrayal. Through the Elizabethan golden age and Ralegh's famous adventures to the final act, Anna Beer presents his stranger-than-fiction life in all its richness.

ISBN/EAN: 9781786074348
Author: Beer, Anna
Publication Date: 04/10/2018
Product Type: Hardback
Number of Pages: 336

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