The Golden Age of Piracy: The Truth Behind Pirate Myths

The Golden Age of Piracy: The Truth Behind Pirate Myths

The Golden Age of Piracy The Truth Behind Pirate Myths For thousands of years pirates have terrorized the ocean voyager and the coastal inhabitant plundered ship and shore and wrought havoc on the lives and livelihoods of rich and poor alike Around the

  • Title: The Golden Age of Piracy: The Truth Behind Pirate Myths
  • Author: Benerson Little
  • ISBN: 9781510713024
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For thousands of years, pirates have terrorized the ocean voyager and the coastal inhabitant, plundered ship and shore, and wrought havoc on the lives and livelihoods of rich and poor alike Around these desperate men has grown a body of myths and legends fascinating tales that today strongly influence our notions of pirates and piracy Most of these myths derive from theFor thousands of years, pirates have terrorized the ocean voyager and the coastal inhabitant, plundered ship and shore, and wrought havoc on the lives and livelihoods of rich and poor alike Around these desperate men has grown a body of myths and legends fascinating tales that today strongly influence our notions of pirates and piracy Most of these myths derive from the pirates of the Golden Age, from roughly 1655 to 1725 This was the age of the Spanish Main, of Henry Morgan and Blackbeard, of Bartholomew Sharp and Bartholomew Roberts.The history of pirate myth is rich in action, at sea and ashore However, the truth is far interesting In The Golden Age of Piracy, expert pirate historian Benerson Little debunks than a dozen pirate myths that derive from this era from the flying of the Jolly Roger to the burying of treasure, from walking the plank to the staging of epic sea battles and shows that the truth is far fascinating and disturbing than the romanticized legends.Among Little s revelations are that pirates of the Golden Age never made their captives walk the plank and that they, instead, were subject to horrendous torture, such as being burned or hung by their arms Likewise, epic sea battles involving pirates were fairly rare because most prey surrendered immediately.The stories are real and are drawn heavily from primary sources Complementing them are colorful images of flags, ships, and buccaneers based on eyewitness accounts.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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    A pirate with an eye patch, and perhaps a wooden leg, wearing tall boots and an earring, with a parrot on his shoulder, and armed with cutlass and pistols. He, or she, drinks rum, might sport a tattoo, and curses up a storm when he’s not saying, “Arr!” This is the quintessential swashbuckling buccaneer of yore . . . or is it?Most people recognize at least some of this description isn’t true. It’s Hollywood’s version or how writers portray pirates in their novels. Within the pages of [...]

    Curiosity got the better of me with this book. I wanted to know what kind of pirate myths the author planned to debunk. After all, I’ve been around long enough to have a halfway decent knowledge about pirates.Or so I thought. Benerson Little is a recognized expert on this subject, having published four books, written magazine articles, and appeared on television commenting on piracy. “The Golden Age of Piracy” is extremely well-researched, and contains more information than I expected.Ther [...]

    The title alone sounded interesting and that interest grew more when I realized a former Navy Seal wrote it (I have noticed they never do anything halfway). Well, I was not disappointed. Extremely well researched. Very enjoyable read. The whole time I was reading it I was thinking 'he needs to write something about modern day pirates as well and for the same reasons'. Well, he has and that is next on my list of 'must reads'- PIRATE HUNTING. Special thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and for putting [...]

    I loved this book. Entertaining and informative. My only critique would be that the author tries too hard to be a debunker. There are parts where he starts out saying the following is an absolute myth. Then gives examples where it was true. Then says well, it is somewhat myth, somewhat true. With that said, very worth a read!

    Once again Benerson Little has produced a well-researched and in-depth look at an aspect of piracy. Other books of his have examined the tactics pirates used and the life of a pirate. This edition examines the myths that color our perceptions of how pirates looked or acted and what we may think about their motivations and beliefs.With each myth examined, the probable creation of the myth is shown as well as how it may have been perpetuated over the years. Several historical examples of actual pi [...]

    Decent info but could have been shorterParts were hard to put down while others I had to force myself to muddle through. I learned some things and will forever think differently of the golden age of pirates but I think I could have gleaned as much from an abridged edition. Still, it was worth reading.

    3.5 StarsI found this book interesting and I did learn a lot. Not just about pirates and their history, but also about where our cultural imagery and references concerning pirates come from. I genuinely appreciated the backtracking of cultural influence. That being said the drinking game for this book would be for every time the word 'Hollywood' is said. Considering that there are only a handful of pirate movies, half of which are a part of the DisneyPirates of the Caribbeanfranchise and the oth [...]

    Don’t read this book if you are the kind of person who gets angry when someone takes the wind out of a great story with cold, hard facts. This book mostly seeks to describe what the average pirate was like during the golden age of piracy (~1655-1725), and in the process it systematically destroys the image of bad-but-misunderstood-and-noble-at-heart swashbuckling heroes.The author makes heavy use of primary sources to describe what various typical pirate activities (seizing a ship, attacking a [...]

    This book takes myths about pirates and piracy and debunks them one by one. It limits itself with piracy by Europeans in 1650-1725 primarily in the Caribbean. The book is quite interesting, rich in details, with large bibliography and massive footnotes. Sometimes it goes too greatly into the details like discussing which fencing techniques and more specifically feints and hits could have been used by dueling pirates and the like. It cites a lot of fiction and film and show where they err.The [no [...]

    As much as I love pirates, I just could not get into this book may have been the style of writing. There were some parts that were interesting to me but I felt mostly the book just rambled along.

    As with The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630-1730 very good research material, but some bits feel like the author adjusted some facts to suit his personal theories. So, good for research, but take with a grain of salt.

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