Pirate Women

Pirate Women

The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

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"In the first-ever Seven Seas history of the world's female buccaneers, Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside -- and sometimes in command of -- their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom. History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers, until now. Here are their stories, from ancient Norse princess Alfhild and warrior Rusla to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs; from Grace O'Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; to Cheng I Sao, who commanded a fleet of four hundred ships off China in the early nineteenth century. Author Laura Sook Duncombe also looks beyond the stories to the storytellers and mythmakers. What biases and agendas motivated them? What did they leave out? Pirate Women explores why and how these stories are told and passed down, and how history changes depending on who is recording it. It's the most comprehensive overview of women pirates in one volume and chock-full of swashbuckling adventures that pull these unique women from the shadows into the spotlight that they deserve." -- Amazon.com.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, Chicago Review Press, Incorporated,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781613736012
Branch Call Number: 910.4 Duncombe 2017
Characteristics: xiv, 250 pages ; 24 cm


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VaughanPLKelly Jun 10, 2018

This book explores the tales, myths, and (admittedly) few verifiable facts about women who became pirates. Part of the problem is how there is limited information regarding women in historical documents to begin with, and the author rightly points out that portrayals of these women, both real and imaginary, contain some bias depending on who was telling their stories. The author ends by bringing up the question of the portrayal of women in film, which is a topic that's still an issue today and not just limited to tales about pirate women. There are many questions raised in this book that could lead the reader into questioning their own understanding and misconceptions about this topic.

Jul 17, 2017

Aside from the tiny print, the author keeps asking questions. I found this to be irritating. I mean, if YOU don't know the answer, and you're the author, why ask me? It seems like some kind of hodgepodge college thesis with a lot of gaps. Gather up a mass of information from everywhere, including folk songs, hearsay, suppositions, put it all together, and....voila!


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