The Pirate Wars

Methuen, 2003 - 304 páginas
Investigating the fascination pirates hold over the popular imagination, Peter Earle takes the fable of ocean-going Robin Hoods sailing under the banner of King Death and contrasts it with the murderous reality of robbery, torture and death and the freedom of a short, violent life on the high seas. The book charts 250 years of piracy, from Cornwall to the Caribbean, from teh 16th century to the hanging of the last pirate cptain in Boston in 1835. Along the way, we meet characters like Captain Thomas Cocklyn, chosen as commander of his ship on account of his brutality and ignorance, and Edward Teach, the notorious Blackbeard, who felt of his crew that if he did not now and then kill one of them they would forget who he was. Told using material from British Admiralty records, this is an account of the Golden Age of pirates and of the men of the legitimate navies of the world charged with the task of finally bringing these cutthroats to justice.

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Earle (Economic History/Univ. of London) spans the spectrum of high-seas piracy from its Elizabethan origins to its final throttling by reenergized Western naval might nearly two centuries later ... Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - neilandlisa - LibraryThing

Certainly a thorough history, but it suffers from a slow start (the Barbary Cosair section was extremely boring). For popular history of the pirates, stick with "Under The Black Flag." If you want more information, this is a good start. Leer reseña completa

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Peter Earle is now Emeritus Reader in Economic History at the University of London.

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