Sir Francis Drake

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Pimlico, 1996 - Admirals - 353 pages
"Four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the most legendary figures of history. His career is one of the most colourful on record. The most daring of the corsairs who raided the West Indies and Spanish Main, he led the English into the Pacific, and circumnavigated the world to bring home the 'Golden Hind' laden with Spanish treasure. His attacks on Spanish cities and ships transformed his private war into a struggle for survival between Protestant England and Catholic Spain, in which he became Elizabeth I's most prominent admiral. His exploits marked the emergence of England as a major maritime nation. Here is a complex man of fascinating contradictions. Ambitious, profit-seeking, vainglorious and sometimes vindictive, he was also a loyal and generous friend, a lover of children, and a warrior of surprising humanity and courtesy. John Sugden gives us the most comprehensive and astute biography of Drake ever written."

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This is a very well researched and generally very readable biography of the great sea captain and adventurer. He was of humble origins and the year of his birth is not known (some time between 1538 ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Born and raised in Yorkshire, author and lecturer JOHN SUGDEN holds degrees from the Universities of Leeds, Lancaster and Sheffield, and has pursued historical research in archives throughout Britain and North America. His books include biographies of Sir Francis Drake and the Native American chief, Tecumseh. He is a member of the Society for Nautical Research.

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