An oil painting of battling ships.

Pirates: The Truth Behind the Robbers of the High Seas

by Nigel Cawthorne Author

Nigel Cawthorne delves into the world of pirates, shedding light on their real lives and the characters who raided both ships and coastal areas. It separates reality from the romanticized image we often associate with pirates, where they are portrayed as daring heroes navigating treacherous seas with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Cawthorne uses historical sources to unveil the truth about the pirate lifestyle, introducing us to notorious figures like Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Mary Read. Through his exploration, he highlights the blurred line between pirates and government-sanctioned privateers, who played a role in expanding empires. Additionally, the book explores the notorious pirate stronghold of Port Royal in Jamaica, often dubbed as the 'wickedest city in the world.' Pirates: The Truth Behind the Robbers of the High Seas separates fact from the fiction that has perpetuated the pirate myth in popular culture.

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