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Sir Walter Ralegh A Biography   By: (1832-1926)

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SIR WALTER RALEGH

STEBBING

HENRY FROWDE, M.A.

PUBLISHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

[Illustration]

LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND NEW YORK

[Illustration: SIR WALTER RALEGH From the Duke of Rutland's Miniature ]

SIR WALTER RALEGH

A Biography

By

WILLIAM STEBBING, M.A.

FORMERLY FELLOW OF WORCESTER COLLEGE, OXFORD AUTHOR OF 'SOME VERDICTS OF HISTORY REVIEWED'

REISSUE

WITH A FRONTISPIECE AND A LIST OF AUTHORITIES

Oxford AT THE CLARENDON PRESS 1899

Oxford

PRINTED AT THE CLARENDON PRESS

BY HORACE HART, M.A. PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY

CONTENTS

PAGE

PREFACE vii

LIST OF AUTHORITIES xiii

CORRIGENDA xxvii

CHAP.

I. GENEALOGY 1

II. IN SEARCH OF A CAREER (1552 1581) 6

III. ROYAL FAVOUR (1581 1582) 22

IV. OFFICES AND ENDOWMENTS (1582 1587) 32

V. VIRGINIA (1583 1587) 42

VI. PATRON AND COURTIER (1583 1590) 53

VII. ESSEX. THE ARMADA (1587 1589) 60

VIII. THE POET (1589 1593) 69

IX. THE REVENGE (September, 1591) 82

X. IN THE TOWER. THE GREAT CARACK (1592) 88

XI. AT HOME; AND IN PARLIAMENT (1592 1594) 100

XII. GUIANA (1594 1595) 108

XIII. CADIZ. THE ISLANDS VOYAGE (1596 1597) 125

XIV. FINAL FEUD WITH ESSEX (1597 1601) 141

XV. THE ZENITH (1601 1603) 155

XVI. COBHAM AND CECIL (1601 1603) 168

XVII. THE FALL (April June, 1603) 180

XVIII. AWAITING TRIAL (July November, 1603) 186

XIX. THE TRIAL (November 17) 207

XX. ITS JUSTICE AND EQUITY 222

XXI. REPRIEVE (December 10, 1603) 232

XXII. A PRISONER (1604 1612) 241

XXIII. SCIENCE AND LITERATURE (1604 1615) 265

XXIV. THE RELEASE (March, 1616) 287

XXV. PREPARING FOR GUIANA (1616 1617) 298

XXVI. THE EXPEDITION (May, 1617 June, 1618) 313

XXVII. RETURN TO THE TOWER (June August, 1618) 331

XXVIII. A MORAL RACK (August 10 October 15) 343

XXIX. A SUBSTITUTE FOR A TRIAL (October 22, 1618) 359

XXX. RALEGH'S TRIUMPH (October 28 29, 1618) 371

XXXI. SPOILS AND PENALTIES 380

XXXII. CONTEMPORARY AND FINAL JUDGMENTS 394

INDEX 401

PREFACE

Students of Ralegh's career cannot complain of a dearth of materials. For thirty seven years he lived in the full glare of publicity. The social and political literature of more than a generation abounds in allusions to him. He appears and reappears continually in the correspondence of Burleigh, Robert Cecil, Christopher Hatton, Essex, Anthony Bacon, Henry Sidney, Richard Boyle, Ralph Winwood, Dudley Carleton, George Carew, Henry Howard, and King James. His is a very familiar name in the Calendars of Domestic State Papers. It holds its place in the archives of Venice and Simancas. No family muniment room can be explored without traces of him. Successive reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commission testify to the vigilance with which his doings were noted. No personage in two reigns was more a centre for anecdotes and fables. They were eagerly imbibed, treasured, and circulated alike by contemporary, or all but contemporary, statesmen and wits, and by the feeblest scandal mongers... Continue reading book >>




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