Cannibalism, plunder, starvation and murder… Richard Hakluyt’s Tudor Guide to Colonising the World

Cannibalism, plunder, starvation and murder… they all appear in an epic Tudor account of English voyages of discovery, compiled by a man who rarely left the country. Claire Jowitt hails one of history’s greatest travel books…

This is how the January issue of the BBC History Magazine introduces Claire Jowitt’s article about Richard Hakluyt.

Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern EuropeClaire Jowitt is co-editor with Daniel Carey of Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, published by Ashgate in 2012 in the Hakluyt Society: Extra Series, and classified as ‘Research Essential’ by Baker & Taylor YBP Library Services.

Best known as editor of The Principal Navigations (1589; expanded 1598-1600), Richard Hakluyt was a key figure in promoting English colonial and commercial expansion in the early modern period. He also translated major European travel texts, championed English settlement in North America, and promoted global trade and exploration via a Northeast and Northwest Passage. His work spanned every area of English activity and aspiration, from Muscovy to America, from Africa to the Near East, and India to China and Japan, providing up-to-date information and establishing an ideological framework for English rivalries with Spain, Portugal, France, and the Netherlands.

Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe resituates Hakluyt in the political, economic, and intellectual context of his time. The essays in the volume advance the study of Hakluyt’s literary and historical resources, his international connections, and his rhetorical and editorial practice.

Contributors: Daniel Carey, Clare Jowitt, Anthony Payne, Joan-Pau Rubiés, Margaret Small, Sven Trakulhun, Grégoire Holtz, Matthew Day, Peter C. Mancall, Joyce Lorimer, Nandini Das, Julia Schleck, Colm MacCrossan, Felicity Stout, Francisco J. Borge, Diego Pirillo, David A. Boruchoff, David Harris Sacks, Matthew Dimmock, Mary C. Fuller, Bernhard Klein, Elizabeth Heale, Steve Mentz, Roy Bridges.

About the Editors: Daniel Carey is Professor of English in the School of Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland; Claire Jowitt is Professor of English at the University of Southampton, UK.

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