Drake: The Life and Legend of an Elizabethan Hero

Drake: The Life and Legend of an Elizabethan Hero

by StephenCoote (Author)

Synopsis

A masterly re-evaluation of a self-made Elizabethan hero, and a fascinating re-creation of the man and his era. Sir Francis Drake: pirate, explorer and Protestant zealot, a man princely in his bearing, heroic if sometimes foolhardy in his enterprise, a genius at once awe-inspiring and riddled with faults. He is the archetypal Elizabethan sea-dog, and Stephen Coote's brilliant new book rescues him from the dusty pages of history to breathe new life into one of the great maritime adventure stories. Focusing on the episodes that made Drake's reputation - and exploring not just the nature of that reputation but how it also, for better or worse, came to epitomise a sense of nationhood - Stephen Coote re-creates all the excitement and terror of the raids on Spanish Caribbean ports during Drake's privateering days; the extraordinary feat of the circumnavigation aboard the 'Golden Hind'; and Drake's role in the famous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Told with novelistic verve, DRAKE is a thoroughly modern re-assessment of a man who embodied all the ebullient courage and personal shortcomings of the great age of Elizabethan expansion. Was Drake just a rabid anti-papist, a state-sponso

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 337
Edition: illustrated edition
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Published: 01 Sep 2003

ISBN 10: 0743220072
ISBN 13: 9780743220071

Author Bio
Stephen Coote was educated at Magdelene College, Cambridge and at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of several acclaimed biographies including lives of Charles II, W. B. Yeats, John Keats and, most recently, Samuel Pepys: according to the Sunday Telegraph, 'A subtle and intelligent portrait, not just of the man, but of the volatile political milieu in which he moved.'