Who was Sir Walter Raleigh?
The prominence give to Walter Raleigh in the Elizabeth: The Golden Years film has led many to ask: how much of that film was historical fact and how much Hollywood fiction?
Soldier and Sailor
Walter Raleigh was an extraordinary combination of soldier and sailor, adventurer and pirate, scholar and poet, navigator and explorer, historian and parliamentarian, entrepreneur and courtier. His charisma, courage and chivalry made him a favourite of Queen Elizabeth and he did, in fact, establish the first English colonies in the New World, in what he named Virginia. By all accounts, Raleigh was a brilliant scholar. He studied law. He also fought in The Netherlands with the Dutch Protestants against the Spanish.