Anne Bonny: Tale of a Lady Pirate is an historical novel about a woman whose solution to gender discrimination is piracy on the high seas. The daughter of a planter who isn't a planter, member of a church who doesn't go to church, Anne wears men's clothes and makes her own rules.
Navy Lieutenant Maynard, the enforcer of British anti-smuggling laws, hangs her uncle, then tries to charm her, but she spurns him, so he rapes her.
Anne eventually accumulates a great trove of gold, which she hides with the connivance of Primus, a freed slave. Maynard captures Anne's father and turns him against her. After trial in Admiralty Court, her sentence to hang is commuted to life in prison because she is pregnant. She escapes, but her gold has disappeared. Unknown to her, Primus moved it to a safer location just before he was sold back into slavery. Reduced to menial work, Anne raises her child in penury.
Primus finally buys his freedom and leads Anne to her gold. En route to England, Anne defeats Maynard in a sea battle, then hangs him. Her gold buys a partnership in Lloyds of London, where she earns the freedom and respectability she had sought.
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About the Author
Over the years, Mr. Hoyt has sailed, dived, searched, researched and wandered the Caribbean. In the course of researching Anne Bonny's life, he obtained a copy of the actual transcript of her trial in Admiralty Court on the island of Jamaica in 1720. Unlike court trials of today, the transcript is not verbatim, and is highly ornamented with flowery phrases and redundancies. Difficult to read, but accurate in so far as it went.
The author now divides his time between writing novels and traveling the world in search of stories and adventure.