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Elizabethan Sea Dogs

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Richard Pfelderer explores two new biographies of Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake.

Drake
Stephen Coote
Simon & Schuster 337 pp  £20  
ISBN 0-7432-2007-2

In Britain, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake have been painted as heroes of the realm, but these famous sea dogs of Elizabethan England have enjoyed a somewhat less noble reputation in Spain. Two recent biographies explore the dichotomies in the personas of these cousins and comrades in arms.


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