Quotation by Sir Walter Raleigh

Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may haply strike out his teeth.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618), British author, soldier, explorer. The History of the World, preface (1614).

Raleigh's History was banned by James I soon after its publication, precisely because, it was alleged, Raleigh followed too closely the "heels of truth"Maccording to biographer Robert Lacey in Sir Walter Raleigh, ch. 41 (1973), Raleigh "took every opportunity he could in his book to pour scorn on famous sodomites, and James took the point."
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