Sir Walter Raleigh
Being a True and Vivid Account of the Life and Times of the Explorer, Soldier, Scholar, Poet, and Courtier--
By Raleigh Trevelyan
(Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805075021, 640pp.)
Publication Date: January 2004
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An enthralling new biography of the most exciting and charismatic adventurer in the history of the English-speaking world
Tall, dark, handsome, and damnably proud, Sir Walter Raleigh was one of history’s most romantic characters. An explorer, soldier, courtier, pirate, and poet, Raleigh risked his life by trifling with the Virgin Queen’s affections. To his enemies—and there were many—he was an arrogant liar and traitor, deserving of every one of his thirteen years in the Tower of London.
Regardless of means, his accomplishments are legion: he founded the first American colony, gave the Irish the potato, and defeated Spain. He was also a brilliant operator in the shark pool of Elizabethan court politics, until he married a court beauty, without Elizabeth’s permission, and later challenged her capricious successor, James I.
Raleigh Trevelyan has traveled to each of the principal places where Raleigh adventured—Ireland, the Azores, Roanoke Islands, and the legendary El Dorado (Orinoco)—and uncovered new insights into Raleigh’s extraordinary life. New information from the Spanish archives give a freshness and immediacy to this detailed and convincing portrait of one of the most compelling figures of the Elizabethan era.
Raleigh Trevelyan, a direct descendant of Sir Walter Raleigh, was for many years a distinguished publisher; his previous books include The Fortress and Rome 44. During the last two decades he has combed the British, Spanish, Italian, and his own family’s archives to write this authoritative life story. He lives in London and Cornwall.
“An outstanding biography.” —Paul Johnson
“A stirring account of an intriguing character.” —The Sunday Times Books of the Year