There are beings that for their misfortune or their glory, abridge an age. Sir Walter Raleigh is the most perfect expression of the Renaissance, sprout of the English Elizabethan period. Born in lesser noble family in 1552, he takes on with versatility and brilliance the roles of a skeptical philosopher, poet, alchemist, audacious warrior, discovering navigator, exuberant dandy, seductive courtesan and captain of Queen Elizabeth’s guard, a queen to which legends attribute a tempestuous romance ending in the imprisonment of this knight after he secretly weds a lady of the court. The freedom of such a legendary being can only be achieved through the creation of a bigger legend: Raleigh is given his freedom in order to search for El Dorado in the Great Empire of Guiana in the New World, where he only finds Amazons and headless men with their eyes and mouths on their chests. On his return to England, he played a decisive role in the naval assaults against the strategic ports of Cadiz, and against Fayal in the Azores. The death of the Queen and the peace treaty with Spain led him to the Tower of England once more, being accused of conspiracy against the new king, James I. From there, he is freed for offering to conquer El Dorado once again. The expedition barely yields him the useless take of San Tomé of Guiana, the death of his son Watt, the execution through an act of piracy against the Spaniards, with whom the new King had made peace. Along with Sir Francis Drake, Raleigh the dreamer is pioneer in the expansion of the navy, making England the world’s leading power during the next three centuries.