Pirate who plundered Elizabeth"s heart: How Walter Raleigh"s silver tongue and broody looks bewitched the Virgin Queen

Pirate who plundered Elizabeth"s heart: How Walter Raleigh"s silver tongue and broody looks bewitched the Virgin Queen

Pirate who plundered Elizabeth”s heart: How Walter Raleigh”s silver tongue and broody looks bewitched the Virgin Queen

1:19 AM on 30th August 2011

Heroic archetype: Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh in the film Elizabeth: the Golden Age

Heroic archetype: Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh in the film Elizabeth: the Golden Age

Under threat: Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I

Under threat: Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in the 1580s where she faced threats from King Philip of Spain and her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots. Her allies included Sir Francis Walshingham and Sir Walter Raleigh

Rugged: Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh

Rugged: Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh

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Favourite: Queen Elizabeth showered Sir Walter Raleigh with honours and riches

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Visionary: The priest Richard Hakluyt and his book upon English exploration

Admiral: Sir Richard Grenville was a naval commander and privateer

Admiral: Sir Richard Grenville was a naval commander and privateer

Forbidden love: Clive Owen as Walter Raleigh and Abbie Cornish as Bess Throckmorton

Forbidden love: Clive Owen as Walter Raleigh and Abbie Cornish as Bess Throckmorton

Royal prison: Queen Elizabeth I herself was imprisoned here

Royal prison: Queen Elizabeth I herself was imprisoned here as a young woman and she in turn kept her fallen favourites confined




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Disgraced: Raleigh and his wife Bess retired to his estate at Sherborne, Dorset

Spy master: Francis Walsingham

Spy master: Francis Walsingham oversaw operations which penetrated the heart of Spanish military preparation