Pirates - Nigel Cawthorne (Paperback)

The truth behind the robbers of the High Seas

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Barcode
9781789508437
Department
Books
Released
15 Sep 2019
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Nigel Cawthorne
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Arcturus Publishing
Language
English
Number of Pages
240
Dimensions
198 x 129mm (198g)

Summary

Pirates have an almost mythical status in the public imagination - we think of rogue heroes riding the high seas and 'X marks the spot'. But is this image is flawed at best.

Using contemporary sources, Nigel Cawthorne turns the spotlight on the reality of pirate life, revealing the truth behind the legends. It gives us an insight into infamous the men and women who plundered ship and shore, including Captain Kidd, Blackbeard and Mary Read. We learn of the hazy distinction between pirates and state-approved privateers who were used to maintain empire, as well as the Port Royal pirate base in Jamaica - known as the 'wickedest city in the world'.

Including details of various pirate exploits, as well as their weapons, ships and unhappy victims, this fascinating read will divide fact from slippery fiction.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
History/World
BIC Classification 1
Maritime history
Library Subject 1
Pirates - History
Dewey Classification
364.164

Author Bio

Nigel Cawthorne studied at University College, London, where he gained an Honours degree in Physics, before turning to writing as a career. He has been a writer and editor for over 25 years. He has written, contributed to and edited more than sixty books, including Fighting Them On The Beaches, The Battle of Britain, Vietnam: A War Lost and Won, Stalin, and more. His work has also appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks.

Review Quotes

An entertaining and informative romp through the golden age of piracy -- Cindy Valler, Editor * Pirates and Privateers *