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Riley McCoy AP Euro 4-3-14 A soldier, voyager, visionary, courtier, politician, poet, historian, patriot and to some extent a traitor. Sir Walter Raleigh, standing over six foot with dashing looks, was a man of his age. As a primary suitor to Queen Elizabeth Raleigh's prestige skyrocketed. Rewarded without reason, besides the role as one of her favorite, he received patents to settle the New World, a English knighthood, a castle, lands, rights to tax, and power. These were keys to success for any man in the 16th century. Despite his early successes, a few mistakes and roadblocks with the Queen and future King James ultimately lead to his heroic demise. Sir Walter Raleigh was a very interesting character, a commoner that rose to the highest levels of the royal court under a queen and to the depths of execution by the new king, with many different adventures and aspects to his life. In 1554, Sir Walter Raleigh was born into a farming family in Devon. England, The farm was near the coast and he was drawn to the sea by the proximity of the farm and his lineage. The family had lived in the area for over 500 years and was well established in the area, with his relatives having titles as judges, bishops and knights. However when he was born, the family and his father in particular were not wealthy or titled (Aronson, 13). Therefore, his rise to wealth and fame was unlikely. Raleigh was a younger son in a time where primogeniture was the social norm. Therefore Raleigh was not entitled to any of his father's assets few that they were, but he was helped by his father's connections. These connections included the Drakes (Sir France Drake), who was a step cousin, and the Gilberts whose family his father had married into after
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being widowed. Sir Humphrey Gilbert was his half- brother and like Drake, was a captain and an explorer who greatly influenced Raleigh. His family had strong Protestants ties and had fared well when Henry the VIII was in power, but was out of favor when Walter around the time Raleigh was born as Mary (known as Bloody Mary) ascended to the throne in 1553 and used her reign to reestablish the Catholic Church in England. The Raleigh family was in danger, but after Mary’s death in 1558 and Elizabeth her half sister’s became Queen, Raleigh’s family and Raleigh himself were on the winning side of England’s religious party in power.
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