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Synopsis: In the Middle Ages, European nations raised standing armies to fight their foes. At sea, however, their resources were much more limited and largely dependent on privately owned vessels and their crews. To stimulate the growth and ardor of their fleets, the monarchs of Renaissance Europe offered the crews of their naval vessels and licensed privateers a chance to get rich by plundering enemy ships and cargoes. These actions gave rise to the doctrine and practice of maritime prize--a subject little studied but regularly referred to by C. S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian, and other popular writers about the era. Now, after a decade of research in European and American archives, Donald A. Petrie explains the origins of prize taking, the rules of the sea that became universally accepted among the maritime powers of the world, and the final decline of prize taking during the nineteenth century.
Most of the book is devoted to rollicking, never-before-published sea stories about this form of looting that helped define the last century of fighting sail. From the North Cape of Norway to the southern tip of Africa, from Charleston, South Carolina, to the East River of New York, these tales of high-seas adventure span a broad area and period. For readers fascinated by warfare in the days of sail, in both history and fiction, Petrie has unveiled the mysteries of prize taking in a manner that is highly readable yet thoroughly authentic. His book is the first such study to be published in this country since 1861.
About the Author: Donald A. Petrie has been a merchant seaman, soldier, lawyer, businessman, banker, politician, and publisher, and he is a lifelong small-boat sailor. He has published articles on prize taking in American Neptune and Log of the Mystic Seaport, which won best-essay awards. He lives in Wainscott, Long Island.
Title: The Prize Game Lawful Looting on the High ...
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: New
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.
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