Hic Jacet, The Life and Downfall of Sir Walter Raleigh, Knight, (1552-1618) Barbara OSullivan

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Hic Jacet, The Life and Downfall of Sir Walter Raleigh, Knight, (1552-1618) by Barbara OSullivan
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Review by The Duke of NorthumberlandAlnwick Castle, 4th June, 2004I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very ‘readable’, well researched and interesting. The personalities came to life in a realistic manner adding flesh and blood to the skeleton ofMoreReview by The Duke of NorthumberlandAlnwick Castle, 4th June, 2004I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very ‘readable’, well researched and interesting. The personalities came to life in a realistic manner adding flesh and blood to the skeleton of a complex historical period. By mixing the real letters and documents of the day with John Talbot’s vivid ‘commentary’, academic interest is softened and brightened, helping the reader to understand exactly what is going on.The book, of course, has particular significance to me as my ancestor, the IX Earl of Northumberland, like Raleigh, spent many years imprisoned in the Tower of London and might well have suffered the same fate.

His academic interests, luxurious apartments and friendship with Raleigh and other inmates, made this period of his life bearable if not welcome, as you clearly describe.Congratulations for writing a first class book, which deserves success.Duke of Northumberland, 2004Review by Reverend Canon E J WoodsOf Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, 2004No-one can live in Sherborne for long without becoming aware of Walter Raleigh. He has not only entered into the mythology of Englands heroes- his presence broods over the New Castle and, in the Abbey, St Katherines Chapel, where he had his pew.For many of us, the standard work remains Robert Laceys Sir Walter Raleigh (1975), perhaps fleshed out by Sherbornes own Reg Wood in his historical novel Gold was his star (1991).

But in the last year or two there has been a new burst of interest in Raleigh, and a number of books about him and his wife.Amongst these, one of the most interesting is Barbara OSullivans Hic Jacet Sir Walter Raleigh. It lacks an index, so you cant just look up references to Sherborne. But it is packed full of intriguing cameos, long extracts from contemporary documents and other insights that you just wont find in the standard biographies. I have to confess I had always assumed that Raleighs 1603 trial was in London.

It wasnt: it was in Winchester. And Ms OSullivans account of it from a 1677 pamphlet in the Hampshire Record Office makes gripping reading.Beg, borrow or steal this volume. Better still, buy it. You will get more Raleigh and less author than in any other book I know. Ms OSullivan believes in letting her principal character speak for himself. I feel I know him a great deal better.Review by Mr. John Wingfield Digby, Sherborne Castle,21st June, 2004This very readable book chronicles the life and political career of one of Tudor England’s most colourful characters. Miss O’Sullivan explores the political situation in England and in Europe, which formed a background to Raleigh’s life.

She also quotes directly from contemporary documents and looks at the realities of day-to-day life in Tudor times, the coinage, the food and personal hygiene. Told through the voice of Raleigh’s personal servant, John Talbot, this book is an interesting addition to the considerable literature on a fascinating player at the Court of Queen Elizabeth.



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