The public have been in love with the more romantic aspects of pirate life ever since Errol Flynn first climbed the rigging for the film Captain Blood, in 1935. The hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, starring megastar Johnny Depp, proved that swashbuckling sells, and the recent resurgence of sea crime in the waters off Somaliawith the dramatic hijacking of huge oil tankers like the MV Sirius Star and the MV Maersk Alabamahas only served to heighten our fascination.
But what do we know about the real Captain Jack Sparrows of yesteryear? Who were they? Where did they come from? And what heinous and daring acts did they perform on the path toward riches and infamy? Pirates and Privateers delves into the real lives of these men and women whose seafaring adventures have become legendary. It explores the criminal careers of some of the most fascinating scoundrels and scallywags ever to sail the seven seas, including Blackbeard, the Barbarossa Brothers, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonney, and Mary Read.
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Charlotte Montague is an author specializing in maritime history. Her father was a naval officer, and as a child, she traveled the world with her family. After gaining an MA degree in History from Sussex University, England, she began writing on a variety of subjects including ethnic cultures, travel, and music, and more recently, she developed an interest in the history of crime at sea. Her current research has taken her to many parts of the globe, including Africa and the Far East, particularly the islands of the South Pacific. She travels for most of the year, but returns frequently to her home, a remote 18th century cottage close to a famous smuggler’s cove on the Cornish coast.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful addition to any piratical library. Each entry is well written, and provides excellent historical accounts that can (and have been) cross-referenced in other pirate compendiums. Montague skillfully shares the information on the pages without becoming too pedantic, and the artwork is truly impressive. This book is definitely recommended, and will alwways be enjoyed.