Amyas Leigh, a handsome blond giant, a hardy adventurer who accompanies Francis Drake around the world and Walter Raleigh to Ireland and who valiantly engages the Spanish in the Old World and the New. Struck blind by lightning during the battle against the Spanish Armada, he retires from the sea and marries Ayacanora.
Frank Leigh, his scholarly older brother, a sometime tutor and courtier. Captured by Don Guzman’s men, he refuses to accept Catholicism and is tortured and burned to death.
Sir Richard Grenvile
Sir Richard Grenvile, Amyas’ godfather, a famous seaman and explorer.
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake, the leader of the first English voyage around the world.
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh, an English courtier, navigator, historian, and poet.
Eustace Leigh, the cousin of Amyas and Frank, a Catholic distrusted by his cousins. Spurned by Rose, he vows revenge. Threatening to turn Rose over to the Inquisition, he is attacked by Amyas and Frank. Before escaping and disappearing, he informs the Inquisition that Rose is a Protestant. His villainy is attributed by the author to his Jesuit training.
Rose Salterne, the mayor’s beautiful daughter, loved by Amyas and Frank but married to Don Guzman,...
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