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Death of the Fox: A Novel of Elizabeth and Ralegh (The Elizabethan Trilogy #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A meticulous re-creation of Elizabethan England that forms a trilogy with The Succession and Entered from the Sun. Here the author delves into the story of Sir Walter Ralegh's fall from favor for alleged conspiracy against James I. Garrett transports the reader to a world of cunning, intrigue, and colorful abundance.
Paperback, 744 pages
Published September 16th 1991 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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This rich tapestry of a book follows the final two days of Sir Walter Raleigh's (or Ralegh's) life. Taking those two days as a framework, it lures the reader into a sequence of dreams, memories and visions that come together to create a vivid picture of Elizabethan and early Stuart England, and the men who lived in it.

Garrett's writing is dense and picturesque and this is a book that demands time to be spent on it. It is really less of a novel and more a series of fictionalised meditations on li
A book about the reign of Elizabeth I and her trusted ally Sir Walter Raleigh, Death of the Fox was a book that I thought I would like more, but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I wanted to.

Historical fiction in one of the genres that is the equivalent of baked pasta for is the comfort food of books. And I love the Elizabethan era. But George Garrett tells the story of the rise, fortunes and final downfall of Raleigh in a disjointed, oblique way, and I must admit, it did not grab hol
David Schaafsma
George Garrett was my teacher at Bennington in a summer writing program there in the 1979, co-taught by Nicholas Delbanco. He wrote fiction, some of it historical fiction, poetry, essays. One title I was looking for was a collection of stories he invited dozens of writers to do, to include an image of a man with a hat, or umbrella...
Tom Leland
I couldn't state my problem with this book any better than was done by another GoodReads reader:

"...(Garrett) uses many different narrative voices, and this is where he lost me. Because some of these voices are first person, but seem to belong to disembodied beings, I had no idea where the narrative was emanating from, or why that voice took over the narrative."

Supposedly Garrett researched this book for many years, and it shows...but its style was just so to about page 310,
Suprisingly, this book failed with me as a historical novel. Not, as in most cases, because the history was bad - in fact, the history was excellent. My problem with Death of the Fox was that it wasn't much of a novel - the POV kept changing (which was extremely distracting) and good chunks of it were bacically historial facts delivered in the guise of dialogue, or, in many cases, monologue. Like being buttonholed by a monomaniacal 16th Century first-person interpreter.
Takes you back to Raleigh's time - full of the images of his times - London, prison, the monarchy, politics, love
Amy Case
Actually I gave up, maybe I just wasn't in the mood.
Thomas Atkins
A masterpiece of historical imagination.
Didn't like it; didn't finish it.
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George Palmer Garrett was an American poet and novelist. He was the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2002 to 2006. His novels include The Finished Man, Double Vision, and the Elizabethan Trilogy, composed of Death of the Fox, The Succession, and Entered from the Sun. He worked as a book reviewer and screenwriter, and taught at Cambridge University and, for many years, at the University of Virginia. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Elizabethan Trilogy (3 books)
  • Succession: A Novel Of Elizabeth And James
  • Entered From The Sun: The Murder Of Marlowe
Entered From The Sun: The Murder Of Marlowe Succession: A Novel Of Elizabeth And James An Evening Performance The King of Babylon Shall Not Come Against You Understanding Mary Lee Settle

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“All malice, real and imagined, Ralegh's and the KIng's, will die upon the instant stroke of an axe. Be buried with him. His faith, then? Whatever remains will be parted. Some will go with the head and some with the headless body. Let them look for each other on Judgment Day. Perhaps on that day, in the haste of it, the bodies of traitors will have to settle for heads other than their own. Some inevitable mismatching of villians and rogues will take place. And one fine bony fellow will spy his skull upon another's body. Then another. And then maybe we shall be witness to the brawl and battle of the bones...” 1 likes
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