Sir Francis Drake

    Sir Francis Drake

    The Construction of a Hero

    Bruce Wathen

    DS Brewer 2009

    Hardback 207pp

    9781843841869   Product Code: 98836

    Drake is an enduring English national hero, and every age has interpreted him according to its own preoccupations. This absorbing study examines the way he has been repeatedly reinvented, first as the victor of the Spanish Armada, then as a pioneering navigator and explorer and most recently as a freebooting entrepreneur. Drawing on Elizabethan poetry, West Country folklore and 20th century film, it pays particular attention to Drake's 19th century reputation as a founding figure of the British Empire.

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