The Barbary Corsairs (Paperback)
Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1480 - 1580
The Barbary Corsairs first appeared to terrorise shipping in the 16th century. These Muslim pirates sailed out of the ports of North Africa, primarily Salé, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast, a term derived from the name of its Berber inhabitants. Acting as officers of the sprawling Ottoman Empire, these pirates plundered the trading routes of the Mediterranean and sowed horror in the hearts of Christians everywhere.
The most famous and powerful were the Barbarossa brothers, sons of a renegade Christian. The true founders of the Algiers Regency, they initially preyed on fishing vessels or defenceless merchantmen before growing bolder and embarking upon more brazen expeditions – attacking fortified ports and cities; raiding and kidnapping inhabitants of the African coast; and hunting ships from the Christian nations.
This translation of Jacques Heers’ work follows the extraordinary exploits of the brothers, and those of other corsairs and profiteers, set against the turbulent backdrop of trade, commerce and conflict throughout the Mediterranean during the 14th-16th centuries. It is an enthralling adventure, robustly written, and it brings to life an age when travel and trade were perilous enterprises.
A long-awaited English-language translation of the author’s Les Barbaresques, first published in 2001, this important book departs from most other works that examine the history of the Barbary corsairs by focusing almost exclusively on the century loosely bound between 1480 and 1580...The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord, XVIII, No. 2 (Spring 2018) – reviewed by Michael F. Dove St. Thomas, Ontario
... The notes and the bibliography are, as a result, a treasure trove for primary and secondary source material which may well have escaped the attention of researchers and scholars working on this side of the Atlantic.
As featured on...Oh My Bookness, Brittany Perez
The most complete study of the naval war between Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean. – A welcome translation of the masterly study of the rise of the Barbary corsairs by a professor at the Sorbonne – Highly Recommended.Firetrench
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