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The term 'pirate' instantly conjures up a picture of a fearsome figure in a battered coat and tricorne hat, festooned with weaponry and brandishing a cutlass on the quarterdeck of his helpless victims' ship. Like the pirate himself, the skull and crossbones symbol used on pirate flags has become an instantly recognizable and identifiable image - a symbol of piracy and of rebellion against authority.

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Overview

The term 'pirate' instantly conjures up a picture of a fearsome figure in a battered coat and tricorne hat, festooned with weaponry and brandishing a cutlass on the quarterdeck of his helpless victims' ship. Like the pirate himself, the skull and crossbones symbol used on pirate flags has become an instantly recognizable and identifiable image - a symbol of piracy and of rebellion against authority.

The reality is much more complex and spans all of history. Separating myth from legend and fact from fiction, this book takes you into the very depths of the pirate's dark world to provide the reader with a complete account of the blood-soaked history of piracy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032400
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Series: General Military
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Angus Konstam is a prolific author, with over 50 historical titles in print. Over 30 of these have been for Osprey. His piratical titles include The History of Pirates (Lyons Press, New York, 1999), Pirates! and Pirates, 1680-1730 (both Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2000) and The Pirate Ship (Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2003). Other publications include History of Shipwrecks, A Historical Atlas of Exploration, and The Spanish Galleon. He studied history and archaeology at the Scottish Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrews, and is also a former naval officer, an underwater archaeologist and a museum curator. He has advised the archaeologists who excavated Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, and has made several TV appearances as a piratical "talking head" for the History Channel. His latest work is Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate (Wiley, New York, 2006), which is publishing in early June. The author lives in Edinburgh, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Pirates of the Ancient World     10
Medieval Pirates     23
The Sea Dogs of the Renaissance     37
Mediterranean Corsairs     73
The Buccaneers     95
The Golden Age of Piracy     150
The Pirate Round     249
The Last of the Pirates     272
The Chinese Pirates     288
Modern Piracy     303
Pirates in Fiction     311
Conclusion: The Real Pirates of the Caribbean     317
Notes     320
Select Bibliography     327
Index     331
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