Sir Francis Drake (2020)

Sir Francis Drake More than four hundred years after his death Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history His career is one of the most colourful on record The most daring of the corsairs who ra
  • Title: Sir Francis Drake
  • Author: John Sugden
  • ISBN: 9781844137626
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sir Francis Drake
    More than four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history His career is one of the most colourful on record The most daring of the corsairs who raided the West Indies and Spanish Main, he led the English into the Pacific, and cirumnavigated the world to bring home the Golden Hind laden with Spanish treasure His attacMore than four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history His career is one of the most colourful on record The most daring of the corsairs who raided the West Indies and Spanish Main, he led the English into the Pacific, and cirumnavigated the world to bring home the Golden Hind laden with Spanish treasure His attacks on Spanish cities and ships transformed his private war into a struggle for surivival between Protestant England and Catholic Spain, in which he became Elizabeth I s most prominent admiral His exploits marked the emergence of England as a major maritime nation.
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    1. Sir Francis Drake by John Sugden is a wonderfully detailed and documented story of a multifaceted hero of his age From common stock he rose to the epitome of British society He was a corsair who was the plague of Spain s western colonies and their treasure ships carrying vast amounts of silver to fill the coffers of King Phillip An audacious warrior, his overweening inclination was to attack He was the hero that turned back the Spanish Armada, and also a member of Parliament, a favorite of the Q [...]

    2. He was quite a character and a go getter in his youth This is a good history of his life and is neither an homage nor a critique Drake s reputation has been lauded as a saviour of England and founder of the navy and has been demonised as a slaver, pirate and murderer He was a bit of all these things which makes him such a remarkable figure.

    3. I loved the part in this book where Sugden talks about the legends and myths that Drake inspired with later generations because that is exactly what drew me to this book, and in consequence my eventual history major When my 8th grade history teacher taught about Drake, the man s exploits seemed so daring, so outrageous, so exciting, I was in awe that such a person might have existed Well, he didn t At least, not in the way my history teacher described it I don t know if my history teacher was de [...]

    4. I read John Sugden s two volume biography of Nelson which was a terrific read and this is no different He does a great job of balancing the telling of a story with historical accuracy The books are very readable and a great way to learn not just about the person but also the politics and customs of the eras they cover.

    5. Excellent book about an English hero I thought the author was very balanced while clearly admiring his subject he is also able to see his flaws I would have liked detail about Sir Francis home life, but John Sudden mentions in the post script that there is little information available There is plenty of detail about the many missions which Drake leads, very often to chase down treasure laden Spanish ships, to make this as good a read as many novels Drake, in the prime of his life, is quite a ch [...]

    6. John Sugden did an amazing job bringing Sir Francis Drake to life without making the horrible mistake of weaving fantasy with good historical research I don t necessarily agree with his analysis of Drake s last voyage though He was saying that over the years Drake had lost his edge, but I wonder if Drake wasn t just an incredible commander of a few ships bent upon piracy It seems to me that his bold, ambitious moves during the first few voyages were born of necessity The later fleets he commande [...]

    7. John Sugden s book on Drake is both readable and scholarly Aside from passages where the author gets caught in a storm of superficial details much of Drake s activities on land are known but dimly the book reads as well as a novel Sugden is thorough in presenting Drake s life from early childhood to his death at sea His thorough knowledge of secondary and primary sources is evident throughout.

    8. Probably the definitive biography of this amazing man, The Queen s Pirate This guy pulled off some crazy feats as this Admiral of the English navy sailed around the Caribean, the Atlantic and even completely around the world stealing from the Spanish what the Spanish had stolen from someone else He should have been dead many times over, but his courage and planning pulled him through Pure balls is what saved him mostly Remarkable fellow.

    9. A great academic author who has scoured the earth being sure he has every minute fact in hand You learn not only that Drake was a great landowner but where each parcel was, what it was called, etc.The problem with great academic tomes is that often the suffeit of facts get in the way of great storytelling If you are looking for a strong narrative, powerfully told, this is not it.

    10. Although the beginning was very strong, interesting and engaging towards the middle and end of the book the story got lost in endless details of irrelevant nature However epic, and historic this man s discoveries were, it is a shame it got lost somewhat in dreading details which went on for ever.

    11. More of a history book than a biography I was hoping for insight into Drake as a man rather than a series of dates and events.

    12. Wonderfully researched and well written I was thankful since it helped me write Melaynie s Masquerade

    13. Not much has changed in 400 plus years Greed, power, religious persecution, etc are the overriding themes John Sugden keeps the reader interested and the book is well researched.

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