Patriot or Traitor : The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh
`Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the man who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.' Sir Walter Ralegh was a writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer. He lived more lives than most in his own time, in any time. We do not even know when this fifth son of a Devonshire gentleman was born, yet he went on to `climb full high' in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
How was such a man able to do this? His life was romantic, adventurous and of central importance to early modern history. Prone to periods of extreme melancholy alternating with extreme activity, he was a liar who believed his own lies. He had a hunger for life, a longing for death and a passion for words ...
Through the Elizabethan golden age and Ralegh's famous adventures to the final act, Anna Beer presents his stranger-than-fiction life in all its richness.