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3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting historical figure made dull., 12 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Sir Walter Raleigh (Paperback)
There are 2 sides to this book. The information provided is well researched and impressive and as good as one could hope. The presentation however is deadly dull. This is an enormous catalogue of facts thrown into one book with little emotion. This may suit some tastes, but not mine. I like biographers to be opinionated and back up their opinions with well thought out arguments. Raleigh was exciting. He was well ahead of his time in many of his ideas. He was slightly mad (all that potion making) and extremely dynamic. Yet reading this book you'd think he was quite dull. And those wonderful myth's are virtually ignored. The cloak episode is dismissed as probably untrue, and the introduction of tobacco as probably the work of Drake or Hawkins. They probably are untrue, but what was it about Raleigh's personality that got these myth's up and running? If you like your books to be crammed with a mass of historical facts, quotes from letters and excerpts from books then you will like this. If you like your books to come alive and to feel you are living alongside your character, then look elsewhere.
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Sir Walter Raleigh by Raleigh Trevelyan (Paperback - 5 Jun. 2003)
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