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by: David Cordingly

Binding: Paperback
Brand: David Cordingly
EAN: 9780812977226
Feature: Under the Black Flag The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
ISBN: 081297722X
Item Dimensions: 8005205570
Label: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 336
Publication Date: May 09, 2006
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release Date: May 09, 2006
Studio: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier. 16 pp. of photos. Maps.

From the Hardcover edition. Review:
Though literature, films, and folklore have romanticized pirates as gallant seaman who hunted for treasure in exotic locales, David Cordingly, a former curator at the National Maritime Museum in England, reveals the facts behind the legends of such outlaws as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Calico Jack. Even stories about buried treasure are fictitious, he says, yet still the myth remains. Though pirate captains were often sadistic villains and crews endured barbarous tortures, were constantly threatened with the possibility of death by hanging, drowning in a storm, or surviving a shipwreck on a hostile coast, pirates are still idealized. Cordingly examines why the myth of the romance of piratehood endures and why so few lived out their days in luxury on the riches they had plundered.

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