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Narrators Tony Britton, Robin Scobey, Michael Kilgarriff, Michael Sheard, and Carole Ann Ford perform a highly entertaining dramatization of infamous Tudor sea captain Francis Drake's life. Listeners will share in the narrators' obvious enjoyment of the colorful stories about this explorer and buccaneer who was known to the English as "The Sea King of Devon" and to the Spanish, his life-long enemies, as "El Draque" (the Dragon), a pirate whose soul belonged to the Devil. This engaging recreation of Drake's adventures will remind listeners of classic radio dramas replete with beautifully theatrical accents and a bracing tempo.
Francis Drake, one of the great band of Tudor sea captains, was many things to many people. To his fellow-countrymen he was "The Sea King of Devon". His queen, Elizabeth, called him her "little pirate" and knighted him in defiance of the ominous rumblings of Spain. To the Spanish, his life-long enemies, he was "El Draque", the Dragon - a heretic who had deliberately sold his immortal soul to the Devil. Yet he was more than a mere buccaneer. He was also an explorer, the first captain to circumnavigate the globe - which resulted in the establishment of the British Empire in the Orient. But it was for his part in defeating Spain's "invincible" Armada that Drake assured his place in English history.
©1976 Ivan & Inge Berg (P)1976 Ivan & Inge Berg