Walter Ralegh: the traitor who inspired Cromwell

Anna Beer charts how the incendiary writings of Walter Ralegh fuelled England's revolution

Sir Walter Ralegh (c1554–1618, shown here in a painting attributed to William Segar) is often remembered as a favourite of Elizabeth I and an adventurer, yet he was also one of the most influential political philosophers of his era. (Photo by Alamy)

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