Book cover of In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire by Laurence Bergreenby Laurence Bergreen

“FASCINATING . . . Dramatic and timely.” —New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

In this grand and thrilling narrative, the acclaimed biographer of Magellan and Columbus reveals the singular adventures of Sir Francis Drake, whose mastery of the seas during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I changed the course of history.

“Entrancing . . . Very good indeed.” —Wall Street Journal

Before he was secretly dispatched by Queen Elizabeth to circumnavigate the globe, or was called upon to save England from the Spanish Armada, Francis Drake was perhaps the most wanted—and successful—pirate ever to sail.

Interview with the Author

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In Search of a Kingdom with Laurence Bergreen
1/21/22            40 min

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Laurence Bergreen on Francis Drake the Pirate, Queen Elizabeth I and the Age of Empires
3/16/21          31 min

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377 Laurence Bergreen: The Beginning of the British Empire
7/12/21            42 min

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How Francis Drake and Elizabeth I crafted a new English naval empire – Interview with Laurence Bergreen
5/10/21           74 min

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