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Sir Walter Ralegh and the quest for El Dorado /

by Aronson, Marc.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Clarion Books, 2000Description: xviii, 222 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 039584827X:.Title notes: j $21.00 10/7/2006Subject(s): Raleigh, Walter, Sir, 1552?-1618 -- Juvenile literature | Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Guiana -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature | Explorers -- Great Britain -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Raleigh, Walter, Sir, 1552?-1618 | ExplorersSummary: Recounts the adventurous life of the English explorer and courtier who spelled his name "Ralegh" and led many expeditions to the New World. In this extraordinarily well researched and insightful biography, Marc Aronson explores the amazing accomplishments and dismal failures of one of the most flamboyant figures of the Elizabethan age. Best remembered for laying his coat in a muddy puddle so that Queen Elizabeth I could walk across it, Sir Walter Ralegh committed himself to pleasing his monarch and obtaining power in her court. He heroically risked his life in battle time and again, chasing after glory to win her favor. His notoriously ill-fated quest for the mythological golden city of El Dorado was perhaps his grandest attempt, but it also was his undoing, and Ralegh ultimately paid for his mistakes with his life. Despite his shortcomings, he was not only charismatic and brave, he was brilliant as well, and his contributions to the New World and to western culture as a whole were vast and enduring.
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In this extraordinarily well researched and insightful biography, Marc Aronson explores the amazing accomplishments and dismal failures of one of the most flamboyant figures of the Elizabethan age. Best remembered for laying his coat in a muddy puddle so that Queen Elizabeth I could walk across it, Sir Walter Ralegh committed himself to pleasing his monarch and obtaining power in her court. He heroically risked his life in battle time and again, chasing after glory to win her favor. His notoriously ill-fated quest for the mythological golden city of El Dorado was perhaps his grandest attempt, but it also was his undoing, and Ralegh ultimately paid for his mistakes with his life. Despite his shortcomings, he was not only charismatic and brave, he was brilliant as well, and his contributions to the New World and to western culture as a whole were vast and enduring. MAPS, ENDNOTES and BIBLIOGRAPHY, TIMELINE, INDEX.

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Recounts the adventurous life of the English explorer and courtier who spelled his name "Ralegh" and led many expeditions to the New World. In this extraordinarily well researched and insightful biography, Marc Aronson explores the amazing accomplishments and dismal failures of one of the most flamboyant figures of the Elizabethan age. Best remembered for laying his coat in a muddy puddle so that Queen Elizabeth I could walk across it, Sir Walter Ralegh committed himself to pleasing his monarch and obtaining power in her court. He heroically risked his life in battle time and again, chasing after glory to win her favor. His notoriously ill-fated quest for the mythological golden city of El Dorado was perhaps his grandest attempt, but it also was his undoing, and Ralegh ultimately paid for his mistakes with his life. Despite his shortcomings, he was not only charismatic and brave, he was brilliant as well, and his contributions to the New World and to western culture as a whole were vast and enduring.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • Note to Readers (p. xi)
  • Map of Voyages to the New World (p. xii)
  • Cast of Characters (p. xv)
  • Prologue: Between Paradise and the Serpent's Mouth (p. 1)
  • The Golden Man (p. 3)
  • What Was El Dorado? (p. 6)
  • Rising (p. 11)
  • 1 From Devon to the Wars (p. 13)
  • How England Became England (p. 15)
  • Family and Faith (p. 20)
  • The Most Grievous Calamity (p. 21)
  • 2 The Queen's Problem (p. 27)
  • The Queen's Progress (p. 29)
  • 3 Plantations (p. 38)
  • Gallant Captain (p. 45)
  • 4 Fortune's Favor (p. 47)
  • The Lost Colony (p. 53)
  • 5 Near to Heaven by Sea (p. 55)
  • 6 A Land of Plenty (p. 61)
  • The First Colony: Ireland in America (p. 69)
  • An Ingenious People (p. 73)
  • 7 Dreams and Mirages (p. 77)
  • An El Dorado in Ireland (p. 79)
  • Captains and Maids (p. 82)
  • 8 The New Hope and the Terrible Year (p. 87)
  • The Armada (p. 90)
  • 9 The Agony of John White (p. 102)
  • El Dorado (p. 111)
  • 10 The Lie (p. 113)
  • All the World's a Stage (p. 118)
  • The Mother of Prizes (p. 120)
  • Beyond the Horizon (p. 122)
  • 11 The Discovery of the Golden Kingdom (p. 125)
  • 12 My Lord of Essex (p. 143)
  • 13 Mischievous Matchivel (p. 151)
  • 14 The Play of Treason (p. 161)
  • Prologue: The Royal Hunt (p. 161)
  • Act I James's Double Game (p. 164)
  • Act II Ralegh Takes Center Stage (p. 167)
  • Act III Plays Within Plays (p. 172)
  • 15 The Story of Our Days (p. 176)
  • Endgame (p. 180)
  • Proving a Myth (p. 182)
  • Sharp Medicine (p. 183)
  • Endnotes and Bibliography (p. 187)
  • Time Line (p. 206)
  • Index (p. 213)

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Horn Book Review

(High School) Although the title is narrow, the focus is not. This isn't a book solely about Ralegh (as he spelled it) seeking treasure in the New World, but rather a large-scale biography that treats the frustrated quest for El Dorado as a metaphor for his entire remarkable life. Ralegh-warrior, champion of North American colonialism, court favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, adventurer and writer-is placed in the center of a broad canvas depicting life in sixteenth-century England and beyond. Startling connections are made across lands, cultures, and epochs as the author cites similarities in the ways the English regarded the Irish and the Native Americans, explains how differing Catholic and Protestant philosophies were reflected in the battle of the Spanish Armada, and compares sixteenth- and twentieth-century British colonialism. The wealth of supplemental historical background may initially seem overwhelming, but it ultimately enhances the central multifaceted portrait of a dynamic, often contradictory Ralegh, described here as ""the first modern man."" This is an intelligent, demanding work that makes few concessions to its young audience. The text is dense, but rich with drama, imagination, and occasional wry humor. Illustrated with maps and well-selected historical reproductions, this exemplary work features a time line that contrasts events in Ralegh's life with significant moments in world history, and thorough, well-documented endnotes that add further distinction to the book's already considerable strengths. p.d.s. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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