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Sir Walter Raleigh


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Contents Preface Abbreviations List of Maps List of Illustrations The Devon Man The Favourite Roanoke The Outcast El Dorado The Rival The Court Poet The Suspect The Traitor The Prisoner The Tower Writings i The Tracts ii. The Great History iii. The Dialogue of Counsel The Last Voyage The Martyr The Legacy An Epilogue

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New biography of one of the key figures in British history focusing on both his writing and legacy.

About the Author

Mark Nicholls is President and Librarian of St John's College, Cambridge. Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford. Sometime Lecturer in History at the University of Oxford.


While the authors have the luxury of footnotes and the skill to do proper academic research they have the good fortune to be able to write for a general audience... An excellent biography.
*Contemporary Review, Volume 293, No. 1702*

Every stage of [Raleigh's] life, works and reputation is carefully anatomized by Nicholls and Williams, and their biography will bring him vividly before new generations of readers.
*The Times Literary Supplement*

Featured in London Review of Books, Volume 34, Number 5.

[Ralegh's career is] described with immense care and judiciousness by Mark Nicholls and Penry Williams in what will surely become the standard biography.
*London Review of Books*

‘With this landmark book, Mark Nicholls and Penry Williams debunk the legends, giving us instead a story that is all the more engrossing for its sophistication.'
*The Sunday Times*

‘Even in our own times, Ralegh has hardly lacked for either scholarly or popular interpreters, this new biography, learned and accessible in equal measure, is nonetheless highly welcome. It will surely become the standard starting point for any one interested in his career and writings.'
*Literary Review*

‘There is so much more to Ralegh, more than one column — or one book — can cover. But Nicholls and Williams have given us a set of Ralegh stories that could keep us busy for a lifetime.'

Nicholls and Williams seek to dismember many myths that have grown around Raleigh yet in a book of great depth probe the ambitious and adventurous character of a man who was deeply interested in the New World... a tribute to [Raleigh] and his absorbing life.
*The Oxford Times*

Nicholls and Williams are excellent on the narrative... they really come into their own in the accounts of the in-fighting at court and the way they bring out Ralegh's charisma and his duplicity.
*History Today*

This is a thorough biography.
*Catholic Herald*

A man of middling birth, boundless enterprise, prodigious talent, sparkling charisma, and overweening ambition, Sir Walter Raleigh is a great subject for a great biography. Here it is. Stylishly written, judicious in its verdicts, based on archival research and the latest scholarship, this book, by a pair of Oxbridge dons, probes the infighting at court, grand affairs of state, religious and cultural developments, and Raleigh’s literary achievement with equal rigor and acuity.
*The Atlantic's Books of the Year*

Overall, Nicholls and Williams have produced an incredibly readable biography which analyzes several aspects of this enigmatic figure who paid the ultimate price for his ambitions at court.
*The Northern Mariner/ Le marin du nord*

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