Spanning the years from 1580-1631 the life of the adventurous John Smith gives a picture of the world just before and during the colonization of America. When Smith was a boy, Shakespeare was on his way to London to become an actor, the Spanish Armada had failed to conquer England, Mary Queen of Scots had lost her head, and Akbar the young prince of India sought to rule his people wisely. Galileo was perfecting his telescope and seeing things never before seen by the human eye, while Pocahontas romped the forests of Virginia and saved a young Englishman's life. A little band of Pilgrims seeking to escape religious persecution in England fled to Holland and a little Dutch boy named Rembrandt began to paint. These are just a few of the intriguing personalities, events, discoveries, and advances that made up the world of Captain John Smith and are now made alive to the reader in Foster's masterful way.
This award-winning title continues the world's story near the turn of the 16th century during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Set amidst the drama of Shakespearean England, readers will also be introduced to the prominent personalities of Smith's world: Sir Francis Drake, Mary Queen of Scots, the Medici of France, Galileo, Henry Hudson, Sir Walter Raleigh, Pope Gregory, Chaplain, the Czars of Russia, the Pilgrims, the Puritans and many more. Dozens of key events such as the closing of the Orient, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the writing of the KJV Bible are included.
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