Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh
Sunday, 7 April 2019
Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room
£7 - £12.50
Historian and biographer Dr Anna Beer explains how Elizabeth I’s favourite and trusted adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh ended up being imprisoned in the Tower by her successor and sent, 400 years ago, to the scaffold.
Ralegh was an adventurer, poet and writer. He was one of the few permitted to enter The Privy Chamber of Elizabeth I, and the monarch depended on him at home and abroad in times of peace and war. Beer explains how Ralegh polarised opinion in England and why his legacy remains highly controversial even today.
Beer is a cultural historian and visiting fellow of the University of Oxford. She has also written biographies of Milton and Lady Bess Ralegh and is author of Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music.