Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

5.0 1
by John Sugden
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

John Sugden has marshalled the mass of drake evidence now available and presents the most comprehensive biography of the daring corsair to appear this century. Embracing the man and his times, the author explores neglected areas of the life to separate the facts from the folklore in his rise from poverty to power. Sugden offers new information about familiar tales of

Overview

John Sugden has marshalled the mass of drake evidence now available and presents the most comprehensive biography of the daring corsair to appear this century. Embracing the man and his times, the author explores neglected areas of the life to separate the facts from the folklore in his rise from poverty to power. Sugden offers new information about familiar tales of piracy, feats of navigation and battles at sea, while examining the man himself and the reasons behind his successes and failures as a commander. For the first time the full dimensions of Drake's activities are charted, and he emerges as a complex man of fascinating contradictions. In his own day his exploits were considered so remarkable that his contemporaries attributed to him supernatural powers. As biography and history, this is a rich and thrilling chronicle, revealing an intrepid seaman and warrior of surprising humanity as well as a dazzling self-made businessman, parliamentarian, and social climber--a man courageous and aggressive, boastful, affable, and loyal, who became accustomed to privilege despite a humble childhood lived only a step ahead of want.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Circumnavigator of the globe, naval nemesis of Philip II of Spain, Sir Francis Drake (1543?-1596) personified England's coming-of-age as a sea power. In this long-overdue biography (there has been no major treatment of Drake in memory), Sugden ( Tecumseh's Last Stand ) incorporates into his lively narrative fresh information about Drake's family, his slave-trading expeditions to the West Indies, his command of English sea forces against Ireland, his hit-and-run raids on the Spanish main and his leading role in the defeat of the Armada. The book includes a gripping account of Drake's 1577-1580 voyage around the world and his audacious challenge to the Spanish (the author points out that King Philip's naval resources were roughly six times those of Elizabethan England), culminating in his preemptive strike at Cadiz in 1587 and his decisive action against the Armada in the English Channel a year later. Drake's nonmaritime deeds receive equal treatment in these pages: as vigorous social climber, businessman and parliamentarian. No armchair admiral will want to miss this one. Illustrations. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671758639
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
04/01/1992
Edition description:
1st Touchstone ed
Pages:
368

Meet the Author

John Sugden is an author and lecturer and holds several degrees. He has pursued historical research in archives throughout Britain and North America. His books include biographies of Sir Francis Drake and Tecumseh. He is a member of the Society for Nautical Research.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Sir Francis Drake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok look i am a boy hwo needs to do thi project on sir fancis drake and i suck at socal studies i wish i was good at it my name is miles and i sm 13 years old and i 7 grade NEED HELP