“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” —Proverbs 16: 18-19
Sir Walter Raleigh Beheaded
October 29, 1618
arrior, pirate, businessman, investor, courtier, explorer, jailbird, Member of Parliament, Governor, historian, poet: Sir Walter Raleigh lived a most colorful and dangerous life, full of adventure. He loved to fight, hated the Catholic Church, was accused of atheism though a forthright Protestant, popularized tobacco smoking and died by beheading on October 29, 1618 by orders of King James I, on trumped up charges, to appease the Spaniards. He had ample opportunities to escape but never tried to.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618)