Francis Drake: The Lives of a Hero - John G. CumminsWeidenfeld & Nicolson, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Fine - in Fine DJ. An as new copy with no visible fault.
This is a full-blooded and absorbing portrait, based on research in English and Spanish archives, of the greatest seaman of the Elizabethan age. From his family's fierce Protestantism and early poverty which drove Drake to sea while still a boy until his death at sea in 1596, it was a life of drama in which opportunism, courage, greed, religion and national policy (and luck) all played their part alongside the sailing skill and navigational brilliance of the first man to sail his ship all the way around the world. John Cummins ends by looking at Drake's posthumous legend and its inspirational role throughout later centuries. 348pp. Index. Bibliography. Size: 8vo Royal (9¾" x 6¼")