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29 October – “Strike, man, strike” – The end of Sir Walter Ralegh

On this day in history, 29th October 1618, in the reign of King James I, Elizabethan courtier, explorer, author and soldier, Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh, Rawley, Ralagh, Rawleigh) was executed in the Old Palace Yard at Westminster Palace.

Ralegh had led an eventful life. He'd been a favourite of Elizabeth I - except when he secretly married her lady, Bess Throckmorton - but had been imprisoned in the Tower of London on several occasions, he'd been accused of atheism at one point, had sailed to America and tried to establish a colony, he was knighted for his service in Ireland, and he was a poet too!

Find out all about Sir Walter Ralegh's colourful life in today's talk.

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