In 1577, Francis Drake set off aboard the Golden Hind to become the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. Laurence Bergreen’s In Search of a Kingdom tells the story of what should have been an unremarkable voyage-but instead became one of history’s most daring exploits. Packed with adventure and intrigue, it is also a compelling tale of romance and rivalry between two iconic figures: Elizabeth I and Drake himself. The voyage of the Golden Hind was laden with high stakes and grand ambitions.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who enjoys a thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue. It tells the story of Francis Drake’s historic voyage around the world, as well as his rivalry with Elizabeth I for her favor.
- Bergreen brings to life the excitement and peril of Drake’s journey
- He offers a unique perspective on Elizabeth I, who is often thought of solely as a historical figure
- The story is filled with rich detail and dramatic moments
- It is a highly detailed account of the voyage that may not be interesting to all readers.
- The author does a good job of recounting the events, but leaves out some of the more personal moments between Elizabeth and Drake.
- Bergreen’s writing style makes for an easy read
Learn more about the author
Laurence Bergreen is the author of several acclaimed books, including Columbus: The Four Voyages, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He has written for Vanity Fair, Time Out New York, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications.
“Bergreen brings the age of Elizabeth and Drake to life in this lively account of their relationship, as well as Drake’s celebrated circumnavigation. Inspiring and readable.”
“Gorgeously written and deeply researched, Laurence Bergreen brings to life a compelling tale of romance, rivalry, adventure and high stakes. This is history at its finest-engrossing, edge-of-your seat stuff.”
“A great adventure story and an interesting account of Elizabethan England.”
“Bergreen brings to life the larger-than-life personalities of Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake in this thrilling story of their partnership as they sail around the world. This is a must read for anyone interested in English history.”