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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

A hostile biography of Captain John Smith, by the 19th-century historian Alexander Brown — a “lamentable failure” as an historian, according to Philip Barbour (The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith, 422n1), largely because of “his personal antagonism to John Smith” — is in She-philosopher.​com’s IN BRIEF section.
   Brown never bought Smith’s warrior brand: “compiling a romance, with himself as his hero.” (Brown, The Genesis of the United States, 2 vols., 1890, 2.1009)

There is additional discussion of Captn. John Smith’s captivity narratives in the Gallery Exhibit, The “Zuñiga Chart” of Virginia.

Further discussion of English 17th-century printed accounts of Islamic peoples is in the IN BRIEF topic, Arguments for and against learned women at the close of the 17th century.

For a comparison of 17th-century styles relating to warrior self-fashioning, see our IN BRIEF biography of another seminal figure in the founding of Virginia, Sir Walter Ralegh. Ralegh’s skill at self-presentation, both in verbal and visual genres, was legendary.
   Both men were pictured among the select list of “Englands Famous Discoverers” on the title-plate for John Seller’s 3 English waggoners, published in the final 3 decades of the century.

For a noblewoman’s take on 17th-century personal brands, see the IN BRIEF topic on the politics of naming Margaret Cavendish, alternately known as “Mad Madge” and “the Thrice Noble, Illustrious and Excellent Princess, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle.”

A bibliography of suggested readings pertaining to study of 17th-century heraldry is in the She-philosopher.​com REFERENCES section.

For more about forthcoming projects planned for this website, see the PREVIEWS section.

First Published:  August 2014
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17th-century head-piece showing six boys with farm tools, by Wenceslaus Hollar

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