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Blackbeard (Hardback)

The Hunt for the World's Most Notorious Pirate

Maritime

By Craig Cabell, Graham A Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9781844159598
Published: 12th November 2012

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Edward Teach – 'Blackbeard'-is one of the legends of the so-called 'golden age of piracy'. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a clear historical light. This new study looks for the man behind the legend, and it gives a vivid insight into the nature of piracy and the naval operations that were launched against it.

The narrative focuses on the roles played by the Governor of Virginia Alexander Spotswood who masterminded the pursuit of Blackbeard, and Lieutenant Robert Maynard of HMS Pearl who led the pursuit and finally cornered Teach and his crew and, after a vicious fight, saw him killed.

In vivid detail it reveals how the hunt for Blackbeard was orchestrated, how he was tracked down, and the parts played in the drama by the larger-than-life leading characters in this extraordinary story.

This freshly researched study of the pursuit of the notorious pirate and his crew - and of the final fight in which Blackbeard lost his life - makes compelling reading.

The authors examine the main source historians use when writing about this pirate. The authors also provide one of the clearest hypotheses as to why Blackbeard rechristened La Concorde to Queen Anne's Revenge. The authors provide a list of resources to consult for those who wish to learn more. This insightful, compelling and thought provoking volume on history's most notorious pirate is a worthy addition to any collection on Blackbeard.

Pirates and Privateers

The authors examine the main source historians use when writing about this pirate. The authors also provide one of the clearest hypotheses as to why Blackbeard rechristened La Concorde to Queen Anne's Revenge. The authors provide a list of resources to consult for those who wish to learn more. This insightful, compelling and thought provoking volume on history's most notorious pirate is a worthy addition to any collection on Blackbeard.

Pirates and Privateers

Was the legendary pirate Blackbeard really as bad as his reputation claims? In this biography for general ready and history buffs, journalist Cabell, historian Thomas, and travel writer Richards braid narrative and research findings to find the man behind the legend. They describe how Blackbeard was hunted and eventually killed by the Governor of Virginia, who has been characterised as a tyrant in the past.

Reference and Research Book News

Edward Teach, Blackbeard, is one of the legends of the so called ‘golden age of piracy’. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a clear historical light. This new study looks for the man behind the legend, and gives a vivid insight into the nature of piracy and the naval operations that were launched against it.

Lynn News (Friday Edition), 4th January

About Craig Cabell

Craig Cabell is a journalist and author. His works include, in addition to Frederick Forsyth - A Matter of Protocol, The Kray Brothers, Dennis Wheatley - Churchill's Storyteller and VE Day - A Day to Remember (published by Pen and Sword Books).


About Graham A Thomas

Graham A. Thomas is a historian specialising in British naval and maritime history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has also written on aerial warfare in the Second World War and Korea. He is currently the editor of the British Army Review, a quarterly journal on the doctrine and history of the British Army. His publications include Terror From the Sky: The Battle Against the Flying Bombs, Firestorm: Typhoons Over Caen, Operation Big Ben: Spitfires Dive-bombing V2 sites (with Craig Cabell), Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers, Pirate Killers: The Royal Navy and the African Pirates and, with Craig Cabell and Allan Richards, Captain Kidd: The Hunt for the Truth.

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