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Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the…
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Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the… (original 1996; edição 1996)

por David Cordingly (Autor)

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"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read." -- Patrick O'Brian Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished--or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive's life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.… (mais)
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Título:Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Autores:David Cordingly (Autor)
Informação:Random House (1996), Edition: 1st, 296 pages
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Etiquetas:do-not-own, history, non-fiction, pirates, to-read

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Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates por David Cordingly (1996)

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A pretty good overview of piracy. Not strictly chronological, there are sections on specific topics like pirate ship selection, internal governance, and trials. Probably the best overview; there are better books about specific subtopics. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Author David Cordingly was on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for years; I’ve previously reviewed his book Cochrane, about Jackie Cochrane, supposedly the model for Jack Aubrey in the Patrick O’Brian series. Under the Black Flag is equally well done, covering pirates of history, pirates of fiction, and their influence on popular culture. Cordingly notes that in their heyday pirates were a serious problem to trade in Caribbean and along the Atlantic Coast of North America; he estimates there were more than 2000 pirates active in the early part of the 18th century. Cordingly covers the careers of two of the most famous pirates, Henry Morgan and Captain Kidd; gives details of pirate ships and strategy; and discusses the fairly abrupt end of piracy (at least in the Atlantic); the Royal Navy finally got serious about ending the pirate threat and began sending warships to the area; they also got serious about ending the pirates themselves and began hanging them in batches (52 at a time seems to be the record; these were the crews of multiple ships under pirate captain Bartholomew Roberts, captured off the African coast). An easy and enjoyable read; goes well with Benerson Little’s The Sea Rover’s Practice; Cordingly’s book covers the big picture while Little’s gives details on pirate tactics. ( )
  setnahkt | Sep 1, 2019 |
David Cordingly was a curator at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich for twelve years and was responsible for their 1992 exhibition Pirates: Fact and Fiction, which proved to be so popular that (rather than the planned run of four months) it stayed open for three years. As the public appetite for pirates was evidently so strong, he was invited to write a book on the back of the exhibition. Life Among The Pirates is lively and easy to read, and sets out to explore the gulf between the popular perception of pirates and the harsh reality, stretching from the Elizabethan privateers in the Spanish Main to the nineteenth-century Chinese pirates under the command of the savvy former courtesan Mrs Cheng. It’s a great introduction to the subject and has left me burning to finally read Treasure Island...

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2013/06/15/life-among-the-pirates-the-romance-and-the-r... ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Mar 13, 2019 |
Easy reading narrative, research clustered into topical chapters...kicking off with one on pirates in literature and films. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Great subject, poorly organized. ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
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The great merit of Cordingly's book is that he weaves together the story of what the pirates actually were with the narrative of how we came to see them as we do.
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"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read." -- Patrick O'Brian Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished--or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive's life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.

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