Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of England's Lost Colony

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Jonathan Cape, 2000 - British - 360 pages
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"November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition, which had left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, a mysterious tragedy is unfolding. Something has gone very wrong and the colony - 116 men, women and children - is in trouble. There will be no rescue: before help can reach them, all will vanish without trace." "Were the Lost Colonists the victims of accident or of deliberate sabotage? Did they starve to death for lack of supplies or were they murdered by Indians? Their Governor, John White, admitted that they had enemies - powerful enemies who might want them dead." "This work of historical detection establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin in far away Roanoke, but within the walls of Westminster - in the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth's government. Burghley, Walsingham, Leicester, Hatton, Essex - all had reasons to want Raleigh's mission to fail. Lee Miller examines the evidence and tells an astonishing story. After 400 years, the riddle of England's Lost Colony is brilliantly solved."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - busterrll - LibraryThing

Like throwing a can of alphabet soup up in the air and expecting it to come down on the table in alphabetical order. Lots of information, but I thought some of the relationships were more like wild-guesses. Despite that and despite the lack of editing, I enjoyed the book immensely Read full review

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User Review  - Beammey - LibraryThing

I give this 3.5 out of 4 stars. I would have given it more, but it reads like an essay and because of that I couldn't get into it and really connect with any characters. Still, it was interesting to ... Read full review


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Lee Miller graduated in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. She was a writer and head of research for the TV series "500 Nations" and also served as consultant for the BBC TV series "Land of the Eagle." She is the editor of "From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian.

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