Drake: For God, Queen, and Plunder

Drake: For God, Queen, and Plunder

by Wade G. Dudley
     
 

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In 1588, King Philip II of Spain attempted to return England to the Catholic fold by force of naval arms. The Spanish Armada confidently set sail for what became one of the most crushing defeats in history, due in part to the efforts of Sir Francis Drake. During the previous century, Europe had fully emerged from its Dark Ages, and its explorers ventured to all

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In 1588, King Philip II of Spain attempted to return England to the Catholic fold by force of naval arms. The Spanish Armada confidently set sail for what became one of the most crushing defeats in history, due in part to the efforts of Sir Francis Drake. During the previous century, Europe had fully emerged from its Dark Ages, and its explorers ventured to all corners of the globe. Inevitably, these new world powers came into conflict with one another over economic, dynastic, and religious issues. In the midst of this upheaval, Francis Drake, who was motivated as much by his intense hatred of Catholic Spain as he was by his devotion to plunder and to his Protestant queen, etched a name for himself in the annals of naval history. Drake was born a commoner, but his exploits of raiding the Spanish Main elevated him to the nobility and the councils of Queen Elizabeth. Drake was a hero to the English people, but his superiors and rivals often considered him little more than a common pirate. Wade Dudley's penetrating look at this complex man serves as an introduction to Drake's life and provides a concise account of the religious and dynastic disputes that would affect Europe for the next three centuries.

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From the Publisher
"A useful introduction to a subject of enduring fascination and to the history of one of Europe's greatest seamen."

"Admirably summarizes . . . Drake's role as Elizabethan naval hero and 'sea dog,' serving God and country in an era of war, conquest, exploration, and high adventure."

"This succinct biography of Sir Francis Drake is a marvelous introduction to both the man and the myth. Wade Dudley's knack for examining the totality of time and place within its historical setting provides the reader with a focused understanding of the events that influenced Drake's life and beliefs. A consummate storyteller, the author holds the reader's interest while teaching him to look at history with a fresh eye and urging him to explore the subject in more detail."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612340548
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Wade G. Dudley is a visiting assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in maritime history and nautical archaeology from East Carolina University and a doctorate in history from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is a specialist in early European military and naval history. His recent publications include both history and historical fiction. He lives in Winterville, North Carolina.

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