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Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World
Giles Milton
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Kiadó: Sceptre
Nyelv: Angol
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Kiadás: 2001
ISBN 10: 0340748826
ISBN 13: 9780340748824
Méret: 13*20   Oldalszám: 416
Borító: Papír, Puha kötés
Raktáron: Elfogyott
Szállítási idő: 1 munkanap

Giles Milton - Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World
'Like Giles Milton's previous book, ... Big Chief Elizabeth is a cracking read, a successful attempt at popular history' -- Evening Standard 'Milton is a great storyteller ... he sets about filling in the historical gaps with relish, using his considerable imagination to conjure mood from dry parchment' -- Sunday Express 'Grippingly told true adventure story' -- Daily Mail 'Milton ... draws a vivid picture of the terrible hardships the settlers endured' -- The Times 'Milton knits together the most vivid anecdotes and descriptions from a very colourful literature of exploration and colonization, and anyone wanting easy access to them has it here'. -- The Times Literary Supplement 'Milton has a terrific eye for the kind of detail that can bring the past vividly to life off the page' -- The Spectator 'Splendid stuff ... fascinatingly told ... An excellent book' -- Time Out 'A wonderfully colourful story told with pace and verve' -- Sunday Telegraph

The story of the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in the New World has been long overshadowed by the legend of the Pilgrim Fathers. Giles Morton, author of the bestselling Nathaniel's Nutmeg, unearths in a brilliantly-researched work the enthralling bravery, recklessness and daring of the Elizabethan adventurers who gambled their lives and fortunes to break Spain's dominance in the New World. Sir Walter Raleigh was the guiding inspiration and organising force behind several exhibitions. His first, in 1584, brought back a tattooed native, Manteo, to excite the court and provide valuable information. The Queen leant her name, but cannily not her money, to the project that saw Raleigh City established the following year in the land now known as Virginia, receiving a new title from her distant subjects Weroanza, big chief. Disaster was ever-present, with the last expedition of 1587 being abandoned for two and a half years while England fought off the Armada. The delayed rescue mission found the 107 colonists disappeared, a cryptic message carved into a tree trunk the only clue to their destination. Their fate becomes the central mystery of the book. It was 20 years before another colony was attempted, establishing Jamestown against an onslaught of disease and starvation that wiped out three quarters of the colonists. Hostility from the native emperor provoked brutal conflict between Indians and colonists, adverted by the intervention of the emperor's daughter Pocohontas on behalf of Captain John Smith. Milton captures the combination of idealism and avarice that drove the adventurers on, drawing heavily on original sources to understand the mindset of the age. When Raleigh, the last hero of the Elizabethan age, went to the scaffold in 1618 he insisted on facing west, towards the colony whose future was now secure and the vanished colonists he had failed. (Kirkus UK)

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