Sir Martin Frobisher was one of the great sea dogs of Elizabethan England.
He was a pirate and a privateer – he looted countless ships and was incarcerated by the Portuguese as a young man – and he aided Sir Francis Drake in one of his most daring voyages to attack the Spanish in the West Indies.
But Frobisher was also a warrior who was knighted for his services against the Spanish Armada, and he was an explorer.
He was the first Englishman to attempt to find the fabled Northwest Passage to Cathay – to China.
He commanded three voyages into the uncharted northern wastes Canada and Greenland and devoted eighteen years of his life to this dream.
Taliesin Trow’s new biographical study of this many-sided Elizabethan adventurer should revive interest in him and in this extraordinary period in English seafaring history. For Frobisher was a fascinating, enigmatic character whose reputation is often eclipsed by those of his remarkable contemporaries, Drake, Hawkins and Ralegh.
Taliesin Trow is a historian and archaeologist who has made a special study of the Inuit of Canada and the Northwest, and he has long been fascinated by the pioneering voyages of early European explorers like Frobisher into this inhospitable area of the New World. Previously he has co-authored books on Kit Marlowe and Boudicca.
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Sir Martin Frobisher – Seaman, Soldier, Explorer