David Cressy

No Offence, Your Majesty

Sedition could cost you your life in Tudor England, but by the 18th century the monarch was fair game, writes David Cressy.

Elizabethan America: 'God's Own Latitude?'

'In the beginning, America was in the way'. Only slowly did 16th-century Englishmen turn from the chimera of a short-cut to Asia's riches to the vision of precious metals to be mined and colonies planted in the New World.

The Mystery of Francis Drake's Californian Voyage

Why was Francis Drake in the Pacific in the 1570s? Was the Golden Hind bound on a trade voyage or was there a deeper political motive? The documents are lost, but David Cressy feels the historian can still speculate.