Swashbuckling Scoundrels: Pirates in Fact and Fiction by Arie Kaplan

By Arie Kaplan

you are partial to Jack Sparrow within the Pirates of the Caribbean videos. yet do you know that real-life pirates have been much more bold and charismatic? for instance, Edward educate, greater referred to as Blackbeard, reportedly saved a lit fuse lower than his hat, making a scary haze of smoke round his head. William Fly, convicted of piracy in 1726, needed to convey his executioner the way to tie the noose that went round his neck on the gallows.

Pirates are outlaws who devote crimes at sea. all through historical past they've got attacked cargo-laden ships to pillage gold, silver, human slaves, and useful foodstuffs. Twenty-first-century pirates take crews hostage and insist ransoms. a few even siphon off petroleum from tanker ships.

The international of pirates is one in all violence and fiscal desperation. but over the centuries, pirates have obtained a name as rugged adventurers and heroes. Novelists, playwrights, cartoonists, and screenwriters have created quite a lot of stories exhibiting pirates as noble or even adorable figures.

Swashbuckling Scoundrels introduces readers to real-life pirates—medieval Viking raiders, Caribbean buccaneers, black pirates, woman pirates, and modern day pirates—as good as recognized fictional characters corresponding to lengthy John Silver and Mary "Jacky" Faber of the Bloody Jack sequence of novels. See how historic and fictional pirates evaluate and why we thrill to stories of bold outlaw pirates.

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