Colonel Parke of Virginia: The Greatest Hector in the Town: A Biography

Helen Hill Miller, Author Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $19.95 (232p) ISBN 978-0-912697-87-1
As depicted in this lively biography by Miller ( Captains of Devon ), politically ambitious, licentious Daniel Parke (1664/5-1710) sparked much controversy in his time, both in England as a Restoration courtier and aide-de-camp to the Duke of Marlborough and in colonial America, where he tried but failed to become governor of Virginia. Combining a novelist's talent with scholarship, the author recounts in entertaining detail Parke's checkered public and private careers, which culminated in the governorship of the Leeward Islands--where after four disastrous years he was murdered by his subjects. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/28/1989
Release date: 12/01/1989
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