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Sir William Berkeley and the forging of colonial Virginia

Author: Warren M Billings
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2010.
Series: Southern biography series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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"Sir William Berkeley (1605-1677) influenced colonial Virginia more than any other man of his era, diversifying Virginia's trade with international markets, serving as a model for the planter aristocracy, and helping to establish American self-rule. An Oxford-educated playwright, soldier, and diplomat, Berkeley won appointment as governor of Virginia in 1641 after a decade in the court of King Charles I. Between his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: William Berkeley, Sir; William Berkeley, Sir
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren M Billings
ISBN: 9780807134436 0807134430
OCLC Number: 460061368
Description: 290 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Southern biography series.
Responsibility: Warren M. Billings.

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"Sir William Berkeley (1605-1677) influenced colonial Virginia more than any other man of his era, diversifying Virginia's trade with international markets, serving as a model for the planter aristocracy, and helping to establish American self-rule. An Oxford-educated playwright, soldier, and diplomat, Berkeley won appointment as governor of Virginia in 1641 after a decade in the court of King Charles I. Between his arrival in Jamestown and his death, Berkeley became Virginia's leading politician and planter, indelibly stamping his ambitions, accomplishments, and, ultimately, his failures upon the colony. In this masterly biography, Warren M. Billings offers the first full-scale treatment of Berkeley's life, revealing the extent to which Berkeley shaped early Virginia and linking his career to the wider context of seventeenth-century Anglo-American history."--Amazon.

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