Sir Francis Drake
'Their fruits be diverse and plentiful, as nutmegs, ginger, long pepper, lemons, cucumbers, cocos, sago, with divers other sorts...'Scholar, spy, diplomat and supreme propagandist for Elizabethan sea power, Richard Hakluyt's accounts of famed explorers mythologised a nation growing rapidly aware of the size and strangeness of the world - and determined to dominate it.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Terrence Morgan stars in the classic 1960's action adventure series - Sir Francis Drake. Drake is a freebooter, adventurer, expert swordsman and defender of the crown during Britain's war with Spain during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a war which he wages from the bridge of his ship, The Golden Hind.
More than four hundred years after his death, Sir Francis Drake remains one of the legendary figures of history. His career is one of the most colourful on record. The most daring of the corsairs who raided the West Indies and Spanish Main, he led the English into the Pacific, and cirumnavigated the world to bring home the Golden Hind laden with Spanish treasure.
Sir Francis Drake Harry Kelsey paints the picture of Drake as an amoral privateer at least as interested in lining his own pockets with Spanish booty as in forwarding the political goals of his country, a man who became a captain general of the English navy, but never waged traditional warfare with any success.
For four hundred years Sir Francis Drake's exploits have fascinated, inspired and entertained. Every age has sought to reconstruct the narrative of the great Elizabethan seafarer: the basis of his fame has shifted continually over the years, from single-handed victor over the Spanish Armada, to hero of commerce, explorer, and ruthless entrepreneur. In each incarnation, however, he has always been portrayed to answer the demands and anxieties of each new era.