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5.0 out of 5 stars A thin tome but highly interesting, 23 Mar 2013
This review is from: Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado (Hardcover)
I'm not fond of thin volumes interspersed with pictures, which I equate with books for kids. Marc Aronson's SIR WALTER RALEGH AND THE QUEST FOR EL DORADO is an exception. In addition to this extremely clear and highly interesting account of personages, plots and exploration, Aronson provides a picture of the 6 foot tall Ralegh, on page 25, which shows him as exquisitely handsome, male-bait for a queen who doesn't have her eyes in her pockets, as we French say. As a boy of 15 Ralegh (Aronson's spelling) was already in France fighting for Protestantism, and as with most boys of that age, whose intelligence and courage reside in their scrotum, he was fearless of death, killing, at that tender age, his first man much the same as a boy today bags his first deer. As far as I'm concerned, Aronson's only faux pas is his claim that the indecisive Elizabeth was perhaps the greatest of England's kings, which is ridiculous when one considers Henry II and Henry V. (Here one confuses longevity for greatest, as one does with Queen Victoria.) My own books can be found on Amazon under Michael Hone.
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Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson (Hardcover - 1 Mar 2001)
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