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)

This article was first published in the December 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

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