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Pirates and Privateers in the 18th Century (ePub)

The Final Flourish

P&S History > True Crime

By Mike Rendell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 23.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 173
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781526731661
Published: 7th November 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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Ripperologist, October 2019

Particularly noteworthy is that this volume incorporates both well-known and lesser-known pirates. Rendell makes some valid points and includes information that can’t be found in other volumes on this topic.

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Pirates and Privateers, Cindy Vallar

Nobody speaks of the Golden Age of Slavery or of Witch Hunting or Heretic Burning, but the equally unpleasant practice of piracy and its close cousin privateering has its Golden Age, celebrated in literature and film. One of the chapters in Pirates and Privateers explores this paradox and the romantic legend of the pirates as anti-establishment heroes.

Historical Novels Review

Mike is a bit of an expert on the Georgians. In this ninth work, Mike takes a very accessible approache to what is known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

Devon Life, June 2019 - reviewed by Annette Shaw

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South Wales Echo, 4th January 2019

All in all, however, a very concise introduction to the topic at hand that is written in an engaging manner. Those with no background in the history of piracy would be able to access this book and I feel that those with knowledge of the era would find it a good read as well. I certainly look forward to reading more of Rendell’s work in the future given what a wonderful read this one has been.

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The Borgia Bull

An interesting account of pirates – a surprising number of whom were Scots in real life.

Scottish Field (online), 11th April 2019 - reviewed by Kenny Smith

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Scottish Field, April 2019

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Jane Austen's Regency World, March/April 2019

If you have any kind of interest in Pirates or the 18th century then you are going to be held fascinated by this book. It’s really such a treat.

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Tea With Boleyn

The book was very easy to read, the author writes sympathetically but is realistic about the nature of piracy – not heroes but thieves, rapists and murderers – and explores the myths surrounding pirates and their treasures with a keen eye for poppycock.

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Rosemarie Cawkwell, Blogger

Wow, just wow! This has got to be the best book ever written on Pirates, during the Golden Age of Piracy…all of them! This is certainly not about The Pirates of the Caribbean, a la Disney, but the authentic legends and history. Remarkably researched, this is a quick and informative read! From their origins to Captain Kidd’s buried Treasure, or was there a buried treasure, to the end of the Golden Age to Edward Teach..aka Blackbeard!! I loved this book, it reads almost like fiction, and I wonder what the pirates from the 1700’s would think about our world today!

Ellie Potts Barrett, Freelance

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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

Mike Rendell has written thirteen books, 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. His other books with Pen & Sword include: In Bed with the GeorgiansTrailblazing Women of the Georgian EraPirates & Privateers in the 18th CenturyCrusoe, Castaways and Shipwrecks in the Perilous Age of SailSex and Sexuality in Georgian Britain, and most recently Georgian Harlots and Whores.
When not writing, he spends his time talking on Georgian topics both in Britain and abroad, and in particular on board cruise ships. He travels extensively but his home is in Dorset.

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