Scourge of the Seas
Buccaneers, Pirates & Privateers
By Angus Konstam
(Osprey Publishing, Hardcover, 9781846032110, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
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In their heyday, the sight of a pirate ship on the horizon would strike terror into the hearts of their intended victims. The colorful yet fearsome reputation of the pirate still resonates today and the sight of the skull and crossbones retains its thrilling power. The lives of the most famous of their brethren have been immortalized, initially in the pamphlets of the time, now in movies and books.
Telling the full story of piracy from the "buccaneering era" of the 17th century to the last great piratical wave of the early 19th century, this book explores the generally short and bloody life of the pirate, detailing his ship, weaponry, and codes of behaviour, as well as his most famous exploits. It is the gripping tale of the violent and deadly brigands who roamed the high seas in search of plunder.
Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 20 books. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. Angus is now a full-time author and consultant and lives in Edinburgh. The author lives in Edinburgh, UK.