Undoubtedly the most renowned seaman of the Elizabeth Age, Drake was sent by Queen Elizabeth I as a privateer to the America's and knighted for his achievement as the the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.
Raleigh's meteoric rise was followed by a slow and tragic fall from grace, which would ultimately end with the Orinoco disaster and death on the executioner's block. His story is inextricably linked to the dark intrigues and political maneuvering that characterised the close of Elizabeth I's reign.
In the latest episode of The Royal Beat, Kate Thornton and guests discuss the accuracy of Bridgerton, the upcoming film Spencer about Princess Diana’s life as well as looking at the latest in Meghan’s legal action against the Mail on Sunday.
Writer Tracy Borman explores the life of Elizabeth I, looking into her relationships with her closest attendants and her attitudes to, and treatment of, other women as well as her erotically charged love affairs and her love of tooth-rotting sugar.