Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Colin F. Baxter

Committee Members

Thomas H. Crofts, Dale J. Schmitt


This thesis looks at the life and works of Sir Walter Ralegh. Specifically, this study will look at Ralegh's History of the World and its influence on two men, Oliver Cromwell and James Graham, Marquis of Montrose. This study will look at the impact this work may have had on the lives of these two men through their letters and public lives.

Necessarily this study will look mainly at the primary sources of these men including the letters and speeches of Cromwell as compiled by Thomas Carlyle and the Memoirs of Montrose, compiled and edited by Mark Napier. Obviously Ralegh's History of the World will also be a significant part of my research.

This study concludes that Sir Walter Ralegh's Historyhad an emphatic impact on the lives of both Cromwell and Montrose, who took strikingly different paths in life.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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