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Patriot or Traitor by Anna Beer review – Walter Ralegh’s insatiable ego

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But, as Beer points out, myths have meaning – in this case marking Ralegh’s extraordinary double career as courtier and colonist, as well as his prodigious flair for self-promotion.

As a work of history Patriot or Traitor is frustrating – the text peppered with unattributed quotations, and evidence impossible to trace through a vanishingly brief list of “works consulted”, while the wider political world in which he lived can seem shadowy, even shaky, in points of detail, with historiographical argument about his exploits kept disconcertingly at arm’s length.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte