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[Review] Bruce Wathen. Sir Francis Drake: The Construction of a Hero.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christopher T. Hodgkins, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: "Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate, that went to sea with the Ten Commandments, but scraped one out of the table," says Lucio in the first act of Measure for Measure — words that could describe the greatest naval hero of Shakespeare's era, Sir Francis Drake. Drake was celebrated in Tudor-Stuart England as a godly, chivalrous circumnavigator and Armada admiral, but was also portrayed as a daring and sometimes ruthless raider of almost incalculable Spanish treasure. His life was, even during his lifetime, subject to varied rival constructions and multiple erasures, fabulations ironically worthy of a Protestant self-fashioner who found a loophole in the Decalogue for theft.

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Publication
Renaissance Quarterly 62.4: 1336-1337.
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Book review, Sir Francis Drake, Legacy, Treatment in literature