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Francis Drake : the lives of a hero

Author: John G Cummins
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a full-blooded and absorbing portrait, based on research in English and Spanish archives, of the greatest seaman of the Elizabethan age. From his family's fierce Protestantism and early poverty which drove Drake to sea while still a boy until his death at sea in 1596, it was a life of drama in which opportunism, courage, greed, religion, international politics and luck all played their part alongside the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Francis Drake; Francis Drake
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John G Cummins
ISBN: 0312158114 9780312158118
OCLC Number: 33360187
Notes: Colored maps on endpapers.
Description: xv, 348 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: John Cummins.

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This is a full-blooded and absorbing portrait, based on research in English and Spanish archives, of the greatest seaman of the Elizabethan age. From his family's fierce Protestantism and early poverty which drove Drake to sea while still a boy until his death at sea in 1596, it was a life of drama in which opportunism, courage, greed, religion, international politics and luck all played their part alongside the sailing skill and navigational brilliance of the first man to sail his ship all the way around the world.

This book presents Drake through the accounts of friend and enemy on both the national and personal level. His naval battles and audacious piratical raids on Spain's empire and shipping are described using eye-witness accounts from Spanish and English, and his stormy personal relationships reveal a man whose distrust of colleagues contrasted with a generosity of spirit which was a source of wonder to his enemies. John Cummins ends by looking at Drake's posthumous legend and its inspirational role throughout later centuries.

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