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The Lost Colony is America’s oldest unsolved mystery. In this remarkable example of historical detective work, Lee Miller goes back to the original evidence and offers a fresh solution to the enduring legend. She establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin on the shores of Roanoke but within the walls of Westminster, in the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth’s government. As Miller detects, powerful men had reason to want Raleigh’s mission to fail. Furthermore, Miller shows what must have become of the settlers, left to face a hostile world that was itself suffering the upheavals of an alien invasion. Narrating a thrilling tale of court intrigue, spy rings, treachery, sabotage, Native American politics, and colonial power, Miller has finally shed light on a four-hundred-year-old unsolved mystery.
List of Illustrations xv
Part 1 A Case of Missing Persons
1 The Disappearance 3
2 A Case of Missing Persons 19
3 John White: Governor 21
4 Of London 30
5 Of Population 40
6 Of Religion 43
7 The Colonists 48
8 In Certain Danger 57
Part 2 A Case of Murder
9 Sabotage 61
10 The Second Roanoke Expedition: Grenville and the Secotan (1585) 80
11 The Second Roanoke Expedition: Lane's Command (1585-1586) 97
12 Chaunis Temoatan and a Murder (1586) 110
Part 3 A Case of Conspiracy
13 The Lost Colonists (1587) 127
14 Raleigh's Rise to Power 135
15 Political Turmoil 145
16 The Players 162
17 The Motive 180
18 The Game 185
19 The Fall 192
Part 4 Who are the Mandoag?
20 Raleigh's Search 207
21 Jamestown 212
22 War on the Powhatan 218
23 Requiem 223
24 Deep in the Interior 227
25 Who Are the Mandoag? 238
26 Epilogue 261
Appendix A Wingina and the Secotan 265
Appendix B The Meaning of Mandoag and Nottoway 271
Notes and References 273
Posted January 11, 2014
I read this on the basis of an NPR interview-review. Ms. Miller uncovered important new documents on the subject from the UK. However the work shows a serious lack of historical discipline. She needs to have studied or consulted more with historians. She uncritically accepts documents from the Inquisition that are known forgeries, and she also uncritically incorporates speculations about Native American copper-ore mining and smelting in the Carolinas, for which there is no generally accepted evidence. The very final lines of her text most likely do indicate the ultimate fate of any survivors; assimilation in the native population.
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Posted December 14, 2002
I was disappointed by this book because I found Lee Miller's writing style very difficult to read. She chooses to relate the narrative of the Roanoke colony as if she were relating the story out loud, hence the narrative is told in the present tense, peppered with incomplete sentences, a strange use of italics rather than quotes, and annoying ellipses...as if to suggest...one was reading a detective novel rather than nonfiction history. It made for very slow and often frustrating reading.
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Interesting detailed history of the "lost" colony of Roanoke, the last part of which reads like "whodunit" with a good bit of "what if".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2014
Posted April 20, 2013
Ever since I heard of the disappearance of the colonists at Roanoke, I have been curious about what might have happened. That is what caught my interest. I saw this book in a Barnes and Noble store and began reading it on my Nook while I was there. Soon, I was hooked.
I've read several historical works about the Elizabethan Era, but this one is unique. The author explores how the people and their activities relate to various developments from each point of view. The author is investigating the disappearance as if it was a crime, not simply a tragedy.
Posted October 17, 2007
The first couple of chapters were very interesting. I liked how she started out writing about Roanoke and in the end how she stated her theory. But I thought the middle of the book was utterly boring- mainly because no one cares about Raleigh or any of the other highly important people of the monarchy that have nothing to do with Roanoke. I do like her research on the subject, but frankly, there was just way too many descriptive words than necessary. I also do not completely agree with her theory. I do not know how she came up with all the theories like she did, when there was absolutely nothing there when White returned to Roanoke to rescue the colonists.
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Posted May 13, 2013
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