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In Search of a Kingdom

Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire

by Laurence Bergreen

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In Search of a Kingdom by Laurence Bergreen
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    Mar 2021, 464 pages

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An adventure-filled nonfiction account of circumnavigation and England's victory over the Spanish Armada that considers how these events changed the course of British — and world — history.

The Age of Exploration in the early modern period, lasting roughly from the 15th through 16th centuries, looms large in historical writing because it contains sources of continual fascination — swashbuckling explorers, "new" worlds discovered and the lure of the exotic. The traveler's tale is inherently an adventure, and few in the early modern world were more adventurous than Sir Francis Drake (circa 1540-1596), whose naval accomplishments paved the way for British colonialism — eventually leading to an empire upon which the sun never set.

Laurence Bergreen's In Search of a Kingdom ably captures the excitement of Drake's exploits, and also anchors them in the wider context of western history. This two-part story shows Drake's evolution from pirate to patriot while demonstrating that at the time, British supremacy seemed like an unlikely outcome of the Elizabethan Age.

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