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More than just a history of the real 'pirates of the Caribbean,' Pirates: A History explores piracy from ancient times to the present day, from the bloodthirsty Viking raiders who terrorised northern Europe to the legendary female Chinese pirate of the 1920s, Lai Choi San. In this history we see how thin the line was between a royally chartered privateer and a pirate, most notably epitomised by Francis Drake. Then there were the Renegades: Europeans captured by the Barbary corsairs who converted to Islam and became pirate captains in their own right. Some were simply cut-throat drunkards, but many pirate ships were run on surprisingly progressive, democratic principles. The 'golden age' of piracy is examined afresh and the colourful characters of the era brought to life. Accounts of Blackbeard, Black Barty and William Kidd illustrate the truth behind the legends of the Jolly Roger.
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Tim Travers has taught the history of piracy at University of Calgary for more than 20 years. His other titles include "Gallipoli 1915," "How the War Was Won," and "The Killing Ground." He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.Review:
"Comprehensive." —Kirkus Reviews
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Book Description History Press, 2009. 2-82. Condition: New. As well as the 'golden age' of piracy in the West, with its sea rovers, privateers, buccaneers and notorious characters such as Blackbeard, Black Barty and William Kidd, this history covers piracy from ancient times to the present day; from the bloodthirsty Viking raiders who terrorized northern Europe to Lai Choi San, the legendary female Chinese pirate who commanded a fleet of eleven junks in the 1920s, and recent piracy off the coast of Somalia. Seller Inventory # 297708
Book Description The History Press Ltd. PB. Condition: New. Looks at classical and medieval piracy, modern and Asian and South Asian piracy as well as the 'golden age' of piracy (1680s to 1720s). Piracy has always flourished where control of the seas was weak or non-existent. So, from the bloodthirsty Viking raiders to the legendary female Chinese pirate La Choi San of the 1920s, and from the royally sanctioned Sir Francis Drake to Blackbeard, Black Bart and William Kidd, here is a serious history of those who sailed under the Jolly Roger. Seller Inventory # HIS01-586 HI005B
Book Description The History Press, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX0752448528
Book Description The History Press, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110752448528
Book Description The History Press, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0752448528