Pirates of Barbary

Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean

Adrian Tinniswood - Author

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ISBN 9781101445310 | 368 pages | 11 Nov 2010 | Riverhead | 18 - AND UP
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The true story that's "bloody good entertainment" (New York Times) about the colorful and legendary pirates of the 17th century.

If not for today's news stories about piracy on the high seas, it'd be easy to think of pirating as a romantic way of life long gone. But nothing is further from the truth. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, and they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings this exciting and surprising chapter in history alive, revealing that the history of piracy is also the history that has shaped our modern world.


ONE Prosperity at Sea:
The Mediterranean World

TWO Where Are the Days?
The Making of a Pirate

THREE Hellfire is Prepared:
Turning Turk on the Barbary Coast

FOUR The Land Hath Far Too Little Ground:
Danseker the Dutchman

FIVE Your Majesty’s New Creature:
Pardons and Pragmatism Under James I

SIX Rich Caskets of Home-Spun Valour:
Fighting Back Against the Pirates

SEVEN Treacherous Intents:
The English Send a Fleet Against Algiers

EIGHT Fishers of Men:
The Sack of Baltimore

NINE Woeful Slavery: William Rainborow’s
1637 Expedition to Morocco

TEN The Yoke of Bondage: A Slave’s Story

ELEVEN Deliverance:
The Liberation of Barbary Captives

TWELVE The Greatest Scourge to the Algerines:
The Occupation of Tangier

THIRTEEN Breaches of Faith:
Making Peace with Barbary

FOURTEEN No Part of England:
The Evacuation of Tangier

FIFTEEN The King’s Agent:
Life in Late-Seventeenth-Century Tripoli

SIXTEEN The last Corsair: Colonialism,
Conquest, and the End of the Barbary Pirates





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