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Ralegh and the Throckmortons A.L. Rowse

Ralegh and the Throckmortons

A.L. Rowse

Published April 1962
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Hardcover
347 pages
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Dr A.L. Rowse is convinced Ralegh has never been fully made out, the complex and contradictory personality of this man of genius properly understood. It is only after many years study of Ralegh and his age that Dr Rowse feels he has come to gripsMoreDr A.L. Rowse is convinced Ralegh has never been fully made out, the complex and contradictory personality of this man of genius properly understood. It is only after many years study of Ralegh and his age that Dr Rowse feels he has come to grips with the essential nature of the man.In this he has had the striking good fortune to bring to light the fullest of all Elizabethan diaries, that of Raleghs brother-in-law Sir Arthur Throckmorton. This diary had only recently been discovered, and had never been studied. A find of exciting interest to all Elizabethan scholars, it yields valuable new information (in 1962), of the missing centerpiece in Raleghs life- his secret marriage to Elizabeth Throckmorton, maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth I- the birth of a child not known to history, at whose baptism the Earl of Essex (later Raleghs mortal enemy) stood sponsor- and Raleghs disgrace and imprisonment in the Tower.The book sets Raleghs biography in the perspective of the important political family into which he married. Many famous figures appear in new and revealing light: Mary Stuart and Sir Nicholas Throckmorton- Leicester and Secretary Walsingham- members of Raleghs family and all his following, like the scientist Hariot.