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State Trials of Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Captain William Kidd
by:Carrie Jenkins Harris
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1899 Original Publisher: Callaghan and company Subjects: Trials Law / General Law / Criminal Law / General Law / Legal History Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General...
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1899 Original Publisher: Callaghan and company Subjects: Trials Law / General Law / Criminal Law / General Law / Legal History Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: TRIAL OF SIR WALTER RALEIGH. The details of the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh, and the causes that led to his execution fifteen years after sentence was pronounced and a full pardon granted him by King James I., are of absorbing interest. The prisoner was one of the most popular and accomplished cavaliers of Queen Elizabeth's brilliant court. The Attorney-General was Sir Edward Coke,1 whose manner of prosecuting a prisoner at the bar will not commend him to the reader. Among the letters and other manuscripts that accompany this trial are indications of the King's bitter enmity against Raleigh, not so much because he was one of the favorites of Queen Elizabeth, whose course towards James' mother, Mary, Queen of Scots, is shown in the preceding trial, but because of his alleged complicity in the sentence and execution of the Earl of Essex. There are also proofs that Raleigh was in no way instrumental in causing the death of that unfortunate young nobleman. 1 In Mr. Emlyn's preface to the second edition of State Trials, he commends the English attorneys as being superior to those of other nations. He says: " The like Distinction will readily occur with respect to those For our Lady the Queen. The enmity of Spain was a potential factor in bringing about the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh. In his first attempt to found a colony in North America, in 1579, Walter Raleigh was successfully opposed by a Spanish force and returned to England. At that date Spain was jealous of the presen...
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