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A Thousand Years of Pirates

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Publisher Comments:

For as long as theyve existed, pirates have conjured up visions of high-seas adventure and skullduggery, sea chases and bloody battles, dangerous coastal lairs and buried treasure. Rightly so, for ever since ships have carried valuable cargo, pirates have enraged monarchs and struck terror into the hearts of honest seamen with their willingness to risk life and limb for an undeserved share of the riches. Whether the cargo was gold or silver, spices or silks, animal or human, there have always been villains ruthless enough to kill or be hanged for it.

From the days of the Vikings to the present and in all the oceans of the world, pirates have made their presence known and feared. Recorded here are their stories along with striking images of ships, storms at sea, and secret harbors where “black ships” could be re-stocked and refitted.

Award-winning author and artist William Gilkerson has spent years researching and painting their colorful history. From the terrible Black Beard to the fascinating Granuaile, or Grace OMalley as the English called her, they have come to life under his brush. One can almost hear the creak of timbers, the snap of canvas while turning the pages. This gift book is a rich treasure in its own right.

Review:

"Beginning with Vikings and conquistadores, this account of pirate history chronicles swashbucklers up through the 19th century, accompanied by alluring illustrations. Gilkerson's paintings have exceptional detail, as moonlit seascapes evoke both danger and grandeur. The notorious Blackbeard, described in his own time as 'altogether an idea of a fury, from hell,' is shown armed with multiple muskets and a menacing glare. Gilkerson's affection for the subject is clear, especially in an epilogue about a sailing trip with a few modern-day smugglers in the Caribbean: 'the cast of characters had not changed, nor the moon, nor the dark seas sliding under us.' Readers should be entranced both by the art and the visceral descriptions of life at sea. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, and historian. He is the author of ten nonfiction books on nautical topics as well as works of satire, art commentary, and fiction. His two-volume treatise on the development of ships weapons, Boarders Away, is a standard text. His drawings, watercolors, and oils have been featured in several major exhibitions and have been reproduced in books, magazines, and on film. William Gilkerson lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780887769245
Author:
Gilkerson, William
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Subject:
Adventure & Adventurers
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Pirates -- History.
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.10x11.10x.70 in. 1.80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 10

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Children's » History » World History
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Product details 96 pages Tundra Books (NY) - English 9780887769245 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beginning with Vikings and conquistadores, this account of pirate history chronicles swashbucklers up through the 19th century, accompanied by alluring illustrations. Gilkerson's paintings have exceptional detail, as moonlit seascapes evoke both danger and grandeur. The notorious Blackbeard, described in his own time as 'altogether an idea of a fury, from hell,' is shown armed with multiple muskets and a menacing glare. Gilkerson's affection for the subject is clear, especially in an epilogue about a sailing trip with a few modern-day smugglers in the Caribbean: 'the cast of characters had not changed, nor the moon, nor the dark seas sliding under us.' Readers should be entranced both by the art and the visceral descriptions of life at sea. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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