The Two Walter Raleighs

Famous Father, Rebellious Son and a Shared Tragedy

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WINTER 2018-2019

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About the Book

Sir Walter Raleigh’s biographers have given little attention to his tragic relationship with his son Wat (Walter)—one of the deepest personal commitments of the restless adventurer’s life. The arc of their relationship began in proud, mutual identification, each seeing himself in the attractive image of the other. But after Raleigh’s political downfall and imprisonment for treason, the father lost his place of authority in the family, and the son began to flaunt paternal advice, rejecting study and engaging in violent quarrels and duels. Raleigh depleted his resources rescuing his impulsive son from his rash acts.
Things came to a head after Wat was sued by a young woman for violent assault and imprisoned. The aged Raleigh had been freed from the Tower to lead an expedition to Guiana, and—as recently discovered documents reveal—he delivered his son from the law by commissioning him as a captain on his flagship, ominously named Destiny. In a shared tragedy, Wat was killed in a skirmish, and the grieving Raleigh returned to England, broken in spirit and ready for the execution that awaited him.

About the Author(s)

Fred B. Tromly is professor emeritus in the Department of English at Trent University. His previous books and articles include scholarly studies of Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Raleigh.

Bibliographic Details

Fred B. Tromly
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7240-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3346-6
Imprint: McFarland