Walter Ralegh in the Tower of London

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Walter Ralegh in the Tower of London

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nov. 28, 2007, 6:41 pm

I'm currently reading Diane Purkiss' fascinating The English Civil War, and this paragraph caught my eye:

Typically, (the Earl of) Northumberland tried to recreate his private paradise inside the Tower. Thomas Harriot, once Walter Ralegh's conjuror-servant, Walter Warner, and Thomas Hughes, the mathematicians, were regular attendants and pensioners, and were known as the earl's 'three magi'. And Northumberland had Walter Ralegh himself, also in the Tower, as an occasional companion. Nicholas Hill aided him in experiments in astrology and alchemy. A large library was placed in his cell.

Does anyone know where I can read more either about Ralegh's "conjuror-servant", or about Ralegh's life in the Tower?

nov. 28, 2007, 9:15 pm

Boy, am I confused! What does Raleigh have to do with the Civil War? Were there 2 of them?

nov. 28, 2007, 10:24 pm

Luminarium has a link for Thomas Hariot (one r, but it's the same guy):

I knew of him not as a "conjurer-servant" but as the author of a famous treatise on the travels to Virginia.

There's also a link to Ralegh on Luminarium. You should read his treatise The Discoverie of Guiana. He also wrote The History of the World while in the Tower.

#2 Good question. Ralegh was executed in 1618 . . .

nov. 29, 2007, 7:29 pm

Cariola - thanks! Your first link actually mentions Hariot's connection to the Earl of Northumberland.

Northumberland comes into the book because his daughter ended up as a woman of some political influence during the early stages of the Civil War... (the book is filled with fascinating detours and byways about what shaped the characters' lives, and what happened to them afterwards).

nov. 30, 2007, 1:04 am

That Ralegh was one handsome devil!

nov. 30, 2007, 1:20 am

Somehow, I'd never seen Luminarium. What a lot I've been missing through that! Thank you, Cariola, for mentioning it!

nov. 30, 2007, 2:44 am

Agreed - I meant to say that in my post above...

nov. 30, 2007, 9:11 am

Yes, it's a wonderful site. I teach early modern Brit lit, and it has been a wonderful tool for classes. Quick access to short bios and lists of works, critical essays, and other useful links. Plus it's always nice to put a face with a name!

nov. 30, 2007, 10:50 am

re 8

Thanks for the website, Cariola.

I went to the awards page, and by clicking on the award, one finds another website with abundant information.

I have only done one award site so far. Since there are an abundant number of awards, this may take a while.

The effort promises to be helpful and rewarding.

Thanks again.

des. 1, 2007, 9:28 am

You're welcome! :)