Big Chief Elizabeth

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Big Chief Elizabeth

The follow up to his bestselling Nathaniels Nutmeg , Giles Miltons Big Chief Elizabeth is a sprawling, ambitious tale of how the aristocrats and privateers of Elizabethan England reached and colonised the wild and barbarous shores of the New World. Miltons story ranges from John Cabots voyage to America in 1497, to the painful but ultimately successful foundation of t The follow up to his bestselling Nathaniels Nutmeg , Giles Miltons Big Chief Elizabeth is a sprawling, ambitious tale of how the aristocrats and privateers of Elizabethan England reached and colonised the wild and barbarous shores of the New World. Miltons story ranges from John Cabots voyage to America in 1497, to the painful but ultimately successful foundation of the English colony at Jamestown by 1611. However, the main focus of the book is Sir Walter Raleghs elaborate and tortuous attempts to establish an English settlement in Roanoke, in present-day Carolina, following the first English voyage there in 1584. Scouring contemporary travel accounts of the period, Milton creates a colourful and entertaining account of the greed, confusion and misunderstanding that characterised English relations with the native Americans, and the often violent and tragic conflict that often ensued. Milton has a good eye for a surreal or comical story, such as the colonys first encounter with Big Chiefor Weroanza Wingina, whose exotic title quickly captured the imagination of the English colonists, and they began referring to their own queen as Weroanza Elizabeth. The Elizabethan cast is also dazzlingthe flamboyant and ambitious Walter Ralegh, who provided the money behind the Roanoke ventures, the sober ascetic scholar Thomas Hariot, who provided the brains, and hardened adventurers such as Arthur Barlowe and Ralph Lane, who provided the muscle. The myths and stories also come thick and fast, from John Smith and Pocahontas, to the importation of the fashion of drinking tobacco, but the problem with Big Chief Elizabeth is that it lacks a central driving story. In the end it reads like an entertaining, but rather laboured jog through early Anglo-American history, something that has been done with greater skill and originality by writers such as Charles Nicholl in his fascinating book The Creature in the Map . Those who read Nathaniels Nutmeg will probably enjoy Big Chief Elizabeth , but with some reservations. Jerry Brotton


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Title Big Chief Elizabeth
Author Giles Milton
ISBN-13 9780340748824
ISBN-10 0340748824
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Language English
Edition NA
Height 198 mm
Width 129 mm
Thickness 24 mm
Binding Paperback
Pages 432

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