Under the Black Flag by David CORDINGLY
The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

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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.


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About David CORDINGLY

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David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford, and the renowned author of the definitive book on pirates, Under the Black Flag, as well as Seafaring Women and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. Cordingly lives with his wife by the sea in Sussex, England.
 
Published February 6, 2013 by Random House. 336 pages
Genres: History, War, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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 Cordingly, a former head of exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, presents a no-frills picture of the early 18th century buccaneer, revealing the basis of our romantic conceptions of pirates.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Under the Black Flag: The Rom...

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Widespread piracy began in the Western world in 1650 and ended abruptly around 1725. Cordingly, formerly on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in England, describes who became pirates (mainly v

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of Captain Kidd, a bungler and fool whose name achieved legend because of the scandal he caused his backers high in the British government, and of female pirates such as Mary Read and Anne Bonny and the Chinese pirate leader Mrs. Cheng, who commanded a fleet of several hundred vessels in the Sout...

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