Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age

Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age

Marcus Rediker


Villains of All Nations explores the 'Golden Age' of Atlantic piracy (1716-1726) and the notorious iteration whose photographs underlie our smooth, romanticized view of pirates.

Rediker introduces us to the feared black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures similar to Edward educate, larger referred to as Blackbeard; and the unnamed, unlimbed pirate who was once most likely Robert Louis Stevenson's version for lengthy John Silver in Treasure Island.

This heritage indicates from the ground up how sailors emerged from lethal operating stipulations on service provider and naval ships, grew to become pirate, and created a starkly assorted fact aboard their very own ships, electing their officials, dividing their booty equitably, and holding a multinational social order. the true lives of this motley crew-which incorporated cross-dressing ladies, humans of colour, and the'outcasts of all nations'-are way more compelling than modern myth.

From the Hardcover edition.

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