Book Review – ‘Elizabeth’s Sea Dogs: How the English became the scourge of the seas’ by Hugh Bicheno
In many ways the popular opinions about Queen Elizabeth I’s leading maritime commanders have not changed in many decades. Men like Sir Francis Drake and his ilk are credited with the successful naval defence of England. When they sailed as privateers, their unscrupulous plundering of the mighty Spanish empire is seen as patriotic. Despite some recent offerings, such as the revisionist biographies of Drake and Sir John Hawkins by Harry Kelsey, not many historians have shed new light on these hardy seamen. It is high time then that the careers of these men be revisited and perhaps, be re-evaluated. Hugh Bicheno’s Elizabeth’s Sea Dogs seeks to add to our understanding of the men and the era….