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Sir Francis Drake von Harry Kelsey

Sir Francis Drake Harry Kelsey

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This biography portrays Drake as an amoral privateer for whom great wealth was the mark of success. Kelsey explains how Drake exploited the hostilities between Spain and England by raiding undefended Spanish ships and ports, avoiding punishment by sharing his booty with the Queen.

Sir Francis Drake Zusammenfassung

Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate Harry Kelsey

In this biography, Harry Kelsey seeks to shatter the familiar image of Sir Francis Drake. The Drake of legend was a pious, brave and just seaman who initiated the move to make England a great naval power and whose acts of piracy against his countries enemies earned him a knighthood for patriotism. Kelsey paints a different picture of Drake as an amoral privateer at least as interested in lining his pockets with Spanish booty as in forwarding the political goals of his country, a man who became a captain general of the English navy but never waged traditional warfare with any success. Drawing on much new evidence, Kelsey describes Drake's early life as the son of a poor family in 16th-century England. He explains how Drake dabbled in piracy, gained modest success as a merchant, and then took advantage of the hostility between Spain and England to embark on a series of pirate raids on undefended Spanish ships and ports, preempting Spanish demands for punishment by sharing much of his booty with the Queen and her councillors. Elizabeth I liked Drake because he was a charming rogue, and she made him an integral part of her war plans against Spain and its armada, but she quickly learned not to trust him with an important command: he was unable to handle a large fleet; was suspicious almost to the point of paranoia and had no understanding of personal loyalty. For Drake, the mark of success was to amass great wealth - preferably by taking if from someone else - and the primary purpose of warfare was to afford him the opportunity to accomplish this.

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Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate Harry Kelsey
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