Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake : British Library Historic Lives

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Francis Drake assured his place in history when, in his lone ship the Golden Hind, he sailed the Pacific to become the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Drake the man, however, is the enigma and relatively little is known about him personally and what motivated him. Historians today have struggled to reconcile the heroic legend with the facts, which show that Drake achieved his status almost exclusively through acts of theft, piracy and terrorism. In this new biography, Peter Whitfield, a leading expert in exploration and map history, examines this dilemma to shed light on Drake the man and the legend. Illustrated throughout with original documents, maps and portraits, the biography offers an accessible and highly readable account of one of the greatest explorers of all time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 210 x 26mm | 498.96g
  • The British Library Publishing Division
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 50 colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0712348603
  • 9780712348607
  • 1,081,975

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This is a book that would make Francis Drake proud. - "Itineraries" Whitfield, a well-regarded historian of Cartography, straightforwardly recounts Drake's adventures for readers new to the sea dog, such as the circumnavigation of 1577-80 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. - "Booklist" Cartographic historian Whitfield indicates that the 19th- and 20th-century romanticizing of Sir Francis Drake is well off the mark. Though compact, this is an exciting and wholly convincing interpretation of an important British figure. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries. - "Library Journal" "This is a book that would make Francis Drake proud." "Whitfield, a well-regarded historian of Cartography, straightforwardly recounts Drake's adventures for readers new to the sea dog, such as the circumnavigation of 1577-80 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588." "Cartographic historian Whitfield indicates that the 19th- and 20th-century romanticizing of Sir Francis Drake is well off the mark. Though compact, this is an exciting and wholly convincing interpretation of an important British figure. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries."
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