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Coote's book contains an interesting discussion of the way in which the Victorians edited the history of Drake to conform with their need for heroic early founders of the British empire. He makes clear that the current accepted account (which dates from Victorian times) is very selective, and he convincingly puts this right while respecting Drake's tremendous achievements in for example circumnavigating the globe and mapping the Pacific coast of South America. The author shows that Drake had a giant ego, not permiting anyone to stand in his way, and resulting in one case in the murder (with the thinnest veneer of legality) of his gentleman companion Thomas Doughty on a beach in Patagonia, or for example, ignoring the vital direct order of queen Elizabeth I to destroy the regrouped Armada in Santander, preferring as always to pursue piratery and looting Spanish and Portuguese ports for personal gain. Even in the famous battle with Armada he dropped out to loot an enemy ship, much to Frobisher's disgust. Overall a balanced and readable account of the prototype 16th century English pirate seaman.
Review: Drake: The Life and Legend of an Elizabethan HeroUser Review - Goodreads
I picked up this book after Napoleon and the Hundred Days, hoping for more of the same witty, insightful prose. I did not get it. The problem seems to be that there's such a paucity of hard primary ...
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