Life Among the Pirates: The Romance and The Reality (David Cordingly)

Life Among the Pirates: The Romance and The Reality (David Cordingly) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History section. priced at just £4.00!

London: Little, Brown, 1995, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Facsimiles; Black & white plates; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Appendices [4];

From the cover: Picture a pirate, and what do you see? A striped jumper or flowing shirt, eye-patch and hooped earring, parrot on the shoulder, maybe even a peg-leg. He is certainly male, either dashingly handsome or crashingly ugly, and given to walking planks, digging for buried treasure and swinging through the rigging above a huge, rolling galleon.

But is this what pirates were really like? How much, if any, of this piratical stereotype is based in documented fact?

In this revealing and highly original book David Cordingly sets out to discover the truth behind the cliches, examining the rich literary and cultural legacy of piratical icons from Blackbeard to Captain Hook, Cordingly compares the legends with their historical counterparts and comes up with some surprising conclusions.

In a wider overview of the piracy myth, he explores its enduring and extraordinary appeal and assesses the reality behind the romance, answering in the process questions such as: why did men become pirates? Were there any women pirates? How much money did they make from their plundering and looting? What effect did their activities have on trade in the Caribbean and elsewhere? And were pirates really dashing highwaymen of the Seven Seas or just vicious cutthroats and robbers?

From Long John Silver to Henry Morgan, Robert Louis Stevenson to J. M. Barrie, Life Among the Pirates examines all the heavyweights of history and literature and presents the essential survey of this fascinating phenomenon.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Navy Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 338 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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