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Milton has a good eye for a surreal or comical story, such as the colony's first encounter with Big Chief--or Weroanza Wingina, whose exotic title "quickly captured the imagination of the English colonists, and they began referring to their own queen as Weroanza Elizabeth." The Elizabethan cast is also dazzling: the flamboyant and ambitious Walter Raleigh, who provided the money behind the Roanoke ventures; the "sober" ascetic scholar Thomas Hariot, who provided the brains; and hardened adventurers, like Arthur Barlowe and Ralph Lane, who provided the muscle. The myths and stories also come thick and fast, from John Smith and Pocahontas, to the importation of the fashion of "drinking tobacco," but the problem with Big Chief Elizabeth is that it lacks a central driving story. In the end, it reads like an entertaining, but rather labored jog through early Anglo-American history, something that has been done with greater skill and originality by, for one, Charles Nicholl in his fascinating book The Creature in the Map. Those who enjoyed Nathaniel's Nutmeg will probably like Big Chief Elizabeth, but with some reservations. --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
All of Milton's histories are great! This book continues to the best popular book on the subject of the English colonies of Roanoke and Jamestown.Published 20 days ago by Keith C.
Giles Milton is the author of a number of works on the amazing period of exploration when European seamen circumnavigated the world and mapped it in detail. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Icarus14
This was really fascinating -- and written so well, it was hard to believe it was not fiction. A remarkable true story of the first
colonists to arrive in America.
A comprehensive history of the first English settlements in America, this book details the decades-long struggle to establish a colony in the unknown wilderness of the New World. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie Merilatt
Read this in the local library, but it became no longer available,
very well written and researched, love the original quotes embedded in the text
Any fan of popularized history knows that for every 20 dull, plodding stories, there's one well-written, funny and/or horrific book that's worth more than one read. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by A. J. Warner
I thought this was well done. I certainly had no idea even from my young years with history, about how much the English had tried to colonize this United States. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Shirley A. Thomason
While visiting the Outer Banks, my family and I went to Roanoke Island and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by customer
I have decided to take a journey through American History via fiction and non-fiction...(My list of selections is huge!) and decided to begin with Roanoke. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Mathew A.