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He was a noble in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
He left the Queen's court and gave his friend Edmund Spenser money to help him write.
Later Raleigh was a hero in attacks against Spain.
King James I put him in prison for over a dozen years for treason. The king believed that Raleigh was in a plot against him. Raleigh wrote poetry and worked on a history book in prison. He was freed for a few years, but finally, the king had him executed.