Synopses & Reviews
Written by an eminentand#160;authority on pirate lore and literature, The History of Piracy
is one of the mostand#160;important books on theand#160;subject. Tracing the rise of piracy from its ancient beginnings to its ultimate demise, it leads readers down an excitingand#160;path of fortune, fame, and folly.
Within this exhaustiveand#160;volume on the pirate "profession," readers will encounter an unforgettable cast of plundering characters and#8212; eccentric, dramatic, but always human. Here are the maritime brigands who challenged even the most powerful nations on the high seas. From the Vikings to the Elizabethan corsairs to the buccaneers of the West, discover who these pirates were, what they did, and, ultimately, why they disappeared. A landmark in picaresque history, this classic provides penetrating detail on the world's seafaring outlaws, including their morals, codes of honor, and taboos.and#160;It's sure toand#160;satisfy the modern reader's enduring fascination with pirates and their lives.
Included in this edition are four maps and seventeen illustrations from the volume's original printing.
Much imitated but never surpassed, this chronicle ranges from ancient to modern times to exploreand#160;the rise of piracy. A dramatic narrative and colorful characters complement its impeccable scholarship. 21 black-and-white illustrations.
Much imitated but never surpassed, this chronicle ranges from ancient to modern times to explore the rise of piracy. A dramatic narrative and colorful characters complement its impeccable scholarship. 21 black-and-white illustrations.
Table of Contents
Book 1: The Barbary Corsairs1. Pirates in General2. The Barbarossas3. The Successors of Barbarossa4. The Seventeenth Century5. Slavery and RedemptionBook 2: The Pirates of the North1. The Vikings and Hanseatics2. The Early English Pirates3. The Elizabethan Corsairs4. The jJacobean PiratesBook 3: The Pirates of the West1. The Buccaneers2. The Pirates of North America3. The Nineteenth CenturyBook 4: The Pirates of the East1. The African Coast2. The Pirates of Malabar3. The Pirate Coast4. Japan and China5. The Malay ArchipelagoEpilogue: The End of the PiratesAppendicesBibliographyIndex