‘Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the man who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.'
Sir Walter Ralegh
We are delighted to see Anna’s book, Patriot or Traitor out in the world.
Sir Walter Ralegh was a writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer. He lived more lives than most in his own time, in any time.
His life was romantic, irresistible and of central importance to early modern history. Prone to periods of extreme melancholy alternating with extreme activity, here was a liar who believed his own lies. He had a hunger for life, a longing for death, a passion for words … and a love of silk stockings.
Always driven, and always consumed with wonder, Ralegh was a man who pored over maps, asking dangerous questions of the world around him.
His death is a convoluted and contested tale of bargaining, failure and betrayal. Through the Elizabethan golden age and Ralegh's famous adventures to the final act, Anna Beer presents his stranger-than-fiction life in all its richness.
Described as an Elizabethan bodyguard in the recent Guardian review Ralegh was ‘a man who both achieved and failed extravagantly, who was both hated and loved excessively, and who both lived life and faced death courageously’ (Suzannah Lipscomb).