The Voyage of the Destiny by Robert Nye
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Sir Walter Raleigh—soldier, explorer, adventurer, lover of Queen Elizabeth—emerges from the pages of history and myth, full-blooded, passionate, and profoundly human. After unjustly languishing for years in the Tower, Raleigh undertakes one final voyage in search of gold. On his doomed quest he contends with Spanish forces, mutiny, pirates, court intrigue, and disease, all under the shadow of the executioner's blade awaiting him back home. Along the way, he also recounts his storied rise from humble origins into the Virgin Queen's favor and court--and ultimately her bed. This powerful and action-packed novel breathes life into the most dazzling yet most enigmatic of Elizabethans.
 

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Robert Nye FRSL (born 1939) is an English poet who has also written novels and plays as well as stories for children. His bestselling novel, Falstaff, was published in 1976 and won both The Hawthornden Prize and Guardian Prize for fiction. Nye was born in London. He published his first poem 'Kingfisher' in the London Magazine by the age of 16. During the early 1970s Nye wrote several plays for BBC radio including A Bloody Stupid Hole (1970). His selected poems, entitled The Rain and The Glass, published in 2005, won the Cholmondeley Award.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Arcade Publishing. 434 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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True, the last 100 pages of this long, ruminating novel drag badly--as Ralegh, after bringing his history up to date (as for the supposed treason, ""I was just a dangerous ghost"" from Elizabeth's reign), returns to England to engage in the slow, cat-and-mouse court intrigues (""I smell Bacon"") ...

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And the tale improves enormously in its concluding hundred or so pages, as Raleigh prepares himself to accept the king’s newest reversed judgment (he now declares Raleigh a traitor for opposing the Spanish), abandons all hope of escape (after having rather ingeniously “counterfeited” leprosy), an...

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