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Hakluyts Promise: An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America Hardcover – January 10, 2007
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p16 contains great confusion. Eleanor of Castile died in 1290 and was Edward I's wife, not Henry III's [his wife Eleanor of Provence died in 1291]. Clearly neither was being buried in the 1490s;
Bishop Fox of Winchester founded Corpus Christi College, not Christ Church;
'Kinneston in Hereford' is actually Kinaston in Herefordshire;
it is strange to assert as if all agree that the Black Death started in India;
p92- 'memento mori' is misused;
William the Silent was not Elizabeth I's cousin [though princes addressed each other in such polite terms];
the forms Madre de Deus and Madre di Dios both occur;
Hugh Castlehaven was not a prelate [actually the term canon is also misused at one point with the phrase 'the canon' as if a cathedral only has one. I think clerical titles confuse our author at times.]
Well, it is still a good book but it does shake one's confidence a little.
Some of the writing is informative and entertaining. The maps and pictures of that period are darn fascinating and the author clarifies those nicely, but there are many other sources for those.
The fundamental flaw for me is that there isn't enough known about Hakluyt to think that one can write a 300 page "bio" about him.