Sir Walter Raleigh, the English aristocrat, was a writer, poet, soldier, politician, spy and explorer. His life was filled with adventure, intrigue, fortune and controversy.
In 1603 he was arrested and charged with treason in a plot to assassinate King James of England. On October 29, 1618, Raleigh was taken to the Old Place Yard at the Palace of Westminster where he was beheaded. When he was led to the block, his executioner asked him if his head lay right. Continue reading