The Beheading of Sir Walter Raleigh


Sir Walter Raleigh, attributed to Sir William Segar, circa 1564. Public domain

Among other things, Sir Walter Raleigh was a courtier, an explorer, a historian, a Member of Parliament and a soldier. He was part of England’s defense against the Spanish armada, as well the Tudor conquest of Ireland, some of which was truly horrifying. According to some people, he is now a ghost.

Tracy's Research:

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Here is a picture of Momo from this episode's listener mail, courtesy of Momo's person, Rachel.
Here is a picture of Momo from this episode's listener mail, courtesy of Momo's person, Rachel.

Topics in this Podcast: 16th century, 17th century, Queen Elizabeth I, writers, poets, colonialism, executions, tobacco, biographies, treason, conspiracies