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Last Voyages: Cavendish, Hudson, Ralegh

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Titel: Last Voyages: Cavendish, Hudson, Ralegh
Autor/en: Mickey Edwards

ISBN: 0198128940
EAN: 9780198128946
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Philip Edwards

März 1995 - gebunden - 256 Seiten

The narratives of the voyages of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean era have delighted readers over the centuries as stirring accounts of the daring of empire-builders. In the belief that in our post-imperial era these writings can be seen as a powerful and special kind of literature, having
kinship with the great fictional tragedies of the period, Philip Edwards here collects the contemporary accounts of three famous "last voyages." Written by the participants themselves--leaders, mutineers, young gentlemen, and a poet and mathematician--the narratives recount moving stories of
endeavor and defeat in the face of difficult seas and hostile terrain. There is Thomas Cavendish's fatal attempt in 1591-92 to repeat his earlier triumphant circumnavigation; Henry Hudson's last attempt to find the North-West Passage in 1610-11, in which he was ultimately set adrift on the ice by
his own crew; and Sir Walter Raliegh's failed attempt to find gold in Guiana in 1617-18, before returning to England and execution. All the narratives are given in modern spelling and have been newly re-edited from the original manuscripts or printings. Edwards's introductions correct a number of
historical inaccuracies, and he includes a full explanatory commentary.
General introduction. Part 1 The last voyage of Thomas Cavendish, 1591-1593: introduction - Cavendish and his voyages, Cavendish's narrative, Antony Knivet, John Davis, John Jane, Thomas Lodge; narratives - the circumnavigation 1588, Samuel Purchas 1625, Cavendish's narrative, Antony Knivet, John Davis, John Jane, Thomas Lodge. Part 2 The last voyage of Henry Hudson, 1610-1611: introduction; narratives - Henry Hudson, Abacuck Pricket, Thomas Woodhouse. Part 3 The last voyage of Sir Walter Ralegh, 1617-1618: introduction - the voyage, the documents; narratives - Ralegh's journal, the letter to Sir Ralph Winwood, the letter to Lady Ralegh, the "apology", the letter to Lord Carew, the letter to King James I. References. Index.
"A valuable and welcome contribution to the field of travel literature in general."--Sixteenth Century Journal
"Subtly and effectively combines the virtues of providing a not only a needed documentary source while at the same time developing a thesis that will find approval not only among maritime historians, but will be appreciated by those interested in biography, adventure literature, and the perversities of the human condition....A first rate job of editing and scholarship."--Albion
"This excellent anthology demonstrates both readability and scholarly acuity....These volumes are useful for both the common reader and the 16th-century specialist, a rare qualty indeed in historical scholarship."--Choice

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