Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

Pirates are among the most heavily romanticized and fabled characters in history. From Bluebeard to Captain Hook, they have been the subject of countless movies, books, children's tales, even a world-famous amusement park ride.

In Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition, historian B. R. Burg investigates the social and sexual world of these sea rovers, a tightly bound brotherhood of men engaged in almost constant warfare. What, he asks, did these men, often on the high seas for years at a time, do for sexual fulfillment? Buccaneer sexuality differed widely from that of other all- male institutions such as prisons, for it existed not within a regimented structure of rule, regulations, and oppressive supervision, but instead operated in a society in which widespread toleration of homosexuality was the norm and conditions encouraged its practice.

In his new introduction, Burg discusses the initial response to the book when it was published in 1983 and how our perspectives on all-male societies have since changed.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A great . . . very interesting book."

-Johnny Depp,

"Burg puts historians to shame by raising extremely interesting questions that no one before had asked."

-Christopher Hill,New York Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814712368
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

B.R. Burg is Professor of History at Arizona State University and the author of Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition, also available from NYU Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the New Edition
Introduction
1 Sodomy and Public Perception Seventeenth-Century England 1
2 To Train Up a Buccaneer 43
3 The Caribbee Isles 69
4 Buccaneer Sexuality 107
5 The Buccaneer Community 139
Notes 175
Bibliographical Essay 193
Index 211
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    A treasure trove of historic facts

    Spellbinding, authoritative - a must-read!

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