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Drake

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Drake: the life and legend of an Elizabethan Hero by Stephen Coote. Published 2003 by Simon and Schuster. Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition. Page edges are browned.

Sir Francis Drake: pirate, explorer and Protestant zealot, a man princely in his bearing, heroic if sometimes foolhardy in his enterprise, a genius at once awe-inspiring and riddled with faults, he is the archetypal Elizabethan sea-dog, and Stephen Coote's brilliant new book rescues him from the dusty pages of history to breathe new life into one of the great maritime adventure stories. Focusing on the episodes that made Drake's reputation -- and exploring not just the nature of that reputation but also how, for better or worse, it came to epitomise a sense of nationhood. Stephen Coote re-creates all the excitement and terror of the raids on Spanish Caribbean ports during Drake's privateering days; the extraordinary feat of the circumnavigation aboard the 'Golden Hind'; and Drake's role in the famous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Told with novelistic verve, DRAKE is a thoroughly modern re-assessment of a man who embodied all the ebullient courage and personal shortcomings of the great age of Elizabethan expansion. Was Drake just a rabid anti-papist, a state-sponsored terrorist and slaver? Or was he the embodiment of English sang-froid, an empire-builder and hero? This gripping and entertaining biography gives us a picture of the man altogether richer and more interesting than we could have imagined.

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Author(s):
Coote S
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x14x3cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0743220072
ISBN-13:
9780743220071
Number of pages:
337
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Title:
Drake

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Drake: the life and legend of an Elizabethan Hero by Stephen Coote. Published 2003 by Simon and Schuster. Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition. Page edges are browned.

Sir Francis Drake: pirate, explorer and Protestant zealot, a man princely in his bearing, heroic if sometimes foolhardy in his enterprise, a genius at once awe-inspiring and riddled with faults, he is the archetypal Elizabethan sea-dog, and Stephen Coote's brilliant new book rescues him from the dusty pages of history to breathe new life into one of the great maritime adventure stories. Focusing on the episodes that made Drake's reputation -- and exploring not just the nature of that reputation but also how, for better or worse, it came to epitomise a sense of nationhood. Stephen Coote re-creates all the excitement and terror of the raids on Spanish Caribbean ports during Drake's privateering days; the extraordinary feat of the circumnavigation aboard the 'Golden Hind'; and Drake's role in the famous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Told with novelistic verve, DRAKE is a thoroughly modern re-assessment of a man who embodied all the ebullient courage and personal shortcomings of the great age of Elizabethan expansion. Was Drake just a rabid anti-papist, a state-sponsored terrorist and slaver? Or was he the embodiment of English sang-froid, an empire-builder and hero? This gripping and entertaining biography gives us a picture of the man altogether richer and more interesting than we could have imagined.

Author(s):
Coote S
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x14x3cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0743220072
ISBN-13:
9780743220071
Number of pages:
337
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Title:
Drake

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