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Pirates and Privateers in the 18th Century (Kindle)

The Final Flourish

True Crime P&S History

By Mike Rendell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 48.1 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 173
ISBN: 9781526731678
eBook Released: 11th December 2018


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Pirates and Privateers tells the fascinating story of the buccaneers who were the scourge of merchants in the 18th Century. It examines their lifestyle, looking at how the sinking of the Spanish treasure fleet in a storm off the coast of Florida led to a pirate’s gold rush; how the King’s Pardon was a desperate gamble – which paid off – and considers the role of individual island governors, such as Woodes Rogers in the Bahamas, in bringing piracy under control.

The book also looks at how piracy has been a popular topic in print, plays, songs and now films, making thieves and murderers into swash-buckling heroes. It also considers the whole question of buried treasure – and gives a lively account of many of the pirates who dominated the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of Piracy.

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South Wales Echo, 4th January 2019 – words by Brian Lee

This was an interesting read about the history of pirates and buccaneers.

It is an easy read and there is some fascinating facts as well as some well known names.

I loved reading about their lives and the honour among thieves that they lived by.

NetGalley, reviewed by Tracy Shephard

This is a superb introduction to what has become known as the Golden Age of Piracy as it assumes that the reader has little or no prior knowledge of the topic. It's written in a casual, accessible manner and although there is a lot of information the book manages to maintain your interest throughout and stops short of being an information dump.

NetGalley, reviewed by Lou @readers_retreat

I enjoyed this book very much, and found it was pitched perfectly to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of the history of pirates.

NetGalley, reviewed by Asha Hartland

An interesting look at piracy during the 18th Century

NetGalley, reviewed by Jules Ironside

Overall this is an interesting read, and a good starting point if you are interested in this time period.

NetGalley, reviewed by Karen Duff (Educator
 Mike Rendell

About Mike Rendell

This is Mike's eighth book, all of them about Georgian England. His interest in the period was inspired by a fascinating cache of papers left by his 18th Century ancestors. He has written a general social history, a story about the founder of the modern circus, an introduction to the Georgians and to the Regency period, as well as books on art-related subjects. He spends his time, when not writing, giving lectures about life in Georgian Britain, both in England and abroad, and on cruise liners. He divides his time between homes in Spain and on the edge of Dartmoor.

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