Savage Kingdom: Virginia and the Founding of English America

Written by Benjamin Woolley
Review by Jane Hill

A brilliant book, researched in great detail. It paints a picture of the life of the early settlers who arrived in Virginia in 1607, fourteen years before the Mayflower set sail. They were a mixed group who had good reason to flee their own country and they set about creating the settlement known as Jamestown on a small island in the James River.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh established the small settlement of Roanoke on the Carolina Banks and when King James came to the throne Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, recognized the economic advantage of a new colonial adventure. Spain’s wealth had resulted from her speculative ventures in South America, which profited King Phillip.