Francis Drake: The Lives of a Hero
From the time he was driven to sea by his family's fierce Protestantism and poverty, until his death at sea in 1596, Sir Francis Drake led a life of drama. Here John Cummins looks at Drake's posthumous legend and its inspirational role throughout later centuries. Illustrations.
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Francis Drake: the lives of a heroUser Review - Book Verdict
Cummins, the editor of the Columbus Journal and the Voyage of Christopher Columbus (St. Martin's, 1992), has written a lively biography of the always fascinating Drake. Among its strengths are Cummins's use of both English and Spanish sources to provide a balanced assessment and his ability to strip away mythology and offer a picture of Drake that includes both his successes and failures. The author also reminds us that separating Drake's occasional moments of glory (circumnavigating the globe, his raid on Cadiz, the defeat at the Armada, etc.) were long periods of boredom and misery-both at sea and on land. Particularly interesting is Cummins's discussion of contemporary accounts of Drake and the growth of his legend as England built a worldwide empire. One drawback is that Cummins fails to engage modern historiography; noticeably absent from his bibliography is much of the recent scholarship on the Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604) and the Spanish Armada. A lesser problem is that Cummins persistently refers to Drake and Elizabethans generally as Lutherans; while the Spanish may have labeled them thus, they were in fact Calvinists. Overall, this worthwhile biography is recommended for most public libraries.-William B. Robison, Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond
Review: Francis DrakeUser Review - Christopher Griffen - Goodreads
Francis Drake was a fascinating historical character. Born a commoner, he was an opportunist, an adventurer, but most of all he was an entrepreneur. A few fascinating notes from this biography: Drake ... Read full review