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Devon Life - - Raleigh And East Devon -

In 1584, at the height of his fame at the court of Queen Eliz­a­beth I, Raleigh wanted to buy Hayes Bar­ton, his birth­place in the vil­lage of East Budleigh. But the owner re­fused to sell.

Queen Eliz­a­beth was amused by his Devon ac­cent and called him ‘Wa­ter’.

Raleigh re­sponded by writ­ing flat­ter­ing po­etry com­par­ing the Queen to the moon god­dess Cyn­thia and him­self to the ocean, con­trolled with the tides.

The English judge Sir Fran­cis Gawdy, a mem­ber of the court that tried Raleigh for high trea­son in Novem­ber 1603 is re­puted to have stated on his deathbed that “the jus­tice of Eng­land was never so de­praved and in­jured as in the con­dem­na­tion of Sir Wal­ter Raleigh”.

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