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The History of Pirates traces piracy from the seas of antiquity to the New World and beyond. It is a thorough, authoritative and memorable portrait of the fascinating world of pirates. Detailed maps bear vivid testimony to the far-ranging exploits of these capricious, sometimes charismatic, and frequently bloodthirsty sea-dogs and highwaymen of the oceans.

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The History of Pirates traces piracy from the seas of antiquity to the New World and beyond. It is a thorough, authoritative and memorable portrait of the fascinating world of pirates. Detailed maps bear vivid testimony to the far-ranging exploits of these capricious, sometimes charismatic, and frequently bloodthirsty sea-dogs and highwaymen of the oceans.

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Pirates and shipwrecks—if any topics would be guaranteed to quicken a YA's interest, it would be these. Author Konstam, onetime Arms Curator at the Tower of London and lately Chief Curator at a maritime museum in Key West, has put together a pair of oversized paperbacks, stuffed with photos and drawings. These two titles are remarkably well done. Readers of the piracy volume learn that it was not always a Caribbean thing; at one time or another, robbery at sea has plagued nearly every part of the world. Nor was it just a colorful 18th-century phenomenon. Konstam covers the entire history of piracy, from the miscreants that Caesar hanged in ancient times down to the pirates that infest corners of the Far East today. The book features two-page biographies of various freebooters, from the most well known, such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, down to obscure corsairs in other parts of the world. Feature pages about the various types of ships favored by sea brigands are especially choice, complete with excellent color drawings and plans. Indeed, all of the illustrations are well above par, and include color maps and drawings by notable artists like Howard Pyle. The shipwrecks volume is equally well done. Again brief sections are used, this time to depict the fates of individual ships or in some cases fleets. Interspersed are biographical sketches of prominent marine archaeologists and their recovery methods, as well as a few professional treasure hunters/plunderers. Besides the excellent illustrations, there are many modern color photographs of ancient wrecks and underwater expeditions. These attractive and colorful books are targeted at the secondary school level, but they are guaranteed tolure many an adult reader as well. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Lyons Press, l92p. illus. maps. index., Puffer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904668077
  • Publisher: Mercury Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGUS KONSTAM has written over a dozen books on piracy, shipwrecks, and exploration for the Atlas series. He has made a lifelong study of maritime history and archaeology, and the history of early European development. He is a museum professional with experience in both Britain and the United States, and holds degrees in history and archaeology.

David Cordingly is the editor of A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. He was on the staff of the National Maritime Museum, London, for twelve years, and organized such exhibitions as ‘The Art of the Van de Veldes’ and the acclaimed and highly successful ‘Pirates: Fact & Fiction’. Cordingly graduated from Oxford University, where he read modern history, and received his doctorate from the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 7
Privateer, Buccaneer, or Pirate? 10
The Pirate in Popular Fiction 12
Chapter 1 Piracy in the Ancient World 16
Pirate Ship--The Bireme 20
The Sea Peoples 22
Piracy in the Greek World 24
The Cilicians 26
Pirate Hunter--Pompey the Great 28
Chapter 2
Medieval Pirates 30
The Ships of Medieval Europe 34
Byzantine Pirates 36
The Pirates of Northern Europe 38
Chapter 3 The Barbary Pirates 40
Pirate Ship--The Galley 44
The Barbarossa Brothers 46
Murat Rais 48
Uluj Ali 50
The Knights of Malta 52
Chapter 4 The Spanish Main and the Sea Rovers 54
Ship Profile: The Golden Hind 58
Pirate Ship--Privateers of the Elizabethan Era 62
Sir Francis Drake 64
Sir John Hawkins 66
Huguenot Pirates 68
The Spanish Main 66
Pirate Hunter--Pedro de Menendez 70
Chapter 5 The Buccaneers 72
Pirate Ship--The Sloop 76
Sir Henry Morgan 78
Jean "L'Olonnais" 82
Sir Christopher Myngs 84
Bartolomeo el Portugues and Rock Braziliano 86
Michel de Grammont 88
The Sack of Cartegena 90
Pirate Bases--Tortuga and Port Royal 92
Chapter 6 The Golden Age of Piracy 94
Flying the Jolly Roger 98
Edward Teach--"Blackbeard" 102
"Calico" Jack Rackham and the Female Pirates 104
Bartholomew Roberts 106
Samuel Bellamy 108
Charles Vane 110
Stede Bonnet 112
Howell Davis 114
Pirate Weapons 116
Pirate Hunter--Woodes Rogers 118
Pirate Base--New Providence 120
Chapter 7 Piracy in the Indian Ocean 122
Thomas Tew 126
William Kidd 128
Henry Every 130
Edward England 132
Kanhoji Angria 134
Pirate Base--Madagascar 136
Bringing the Pirates to Justice 138
The Trial and Execution of Pirates 140
Chapter 8 The Privateering Era 142
French Privateers 146
American Privateers 148
John Paul Jones 150
Chapter 9 The Last Pirates 152
Jean Laffite 156
"Don" Pedro Gibert 158
Benito de Soto 160
Pirate Bases--Barataria, Galveston, and Cuba 162
Pirate Hunter--David Porter 164
Chapter 10 Piracy in the Far East 166
Pirate Ship--The Junk 170
Kuo Hsing Yeh 172
Ching Yih 174
Shap-'ng-Tsai 176
Pirate Base--The Indonesian Archipelago 176
Chapter 11
Modern Day Pirates 180
Today's Pirate Hotspots 182
Pirate Appearance 184
The Pirate Code 186
The Legacy of Piracy 188
Index 190
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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    I needed to know more about pirates.

    My grandson talks about pirates a lot and of course loves the Disney movies with Johnny Depp. I felt I needed to know more about the real pirates and Mr. Konstam's book gives me a good history and overview. It is very informative and the color pictures and timelines keep it lively.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    This Book will give you the FACTS about PIRATES!

    This is a wonderful historical book about piracy throughout the ages. It has gorgeous photos, and is a wonderful factual book about pirates. Did you know there were pirates in biblical days as well as today? And the pirates of different eras and locations were all different and interesting. I recommend this book for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    A good overview of the history of piracy

    Angus Konstam give us a good overview of the history of piracy, from the days of the Babylonian and Greek expansion to modern-day guerillas in speedboats armed with AK-47 assault rifles plying the south China Sea. There is a particular focus on the 'Golden Age' of piracy, the 16th and 17th centuries when pirates preyed on gold-laden Spanish galleons in the Main and Indian silk vessels on the trade routes to Europe. All of the famous pirates are here. Each chapter is printed on glossy paper with clean typeface and plenty of illustrations to express the mood of the book. Easy to read and very entertaining, this book doesn't have the depth of more scholastically-oriented books but it does provide a good history that most people can understand.

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