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—such as “walking the plank,” which is pure
fiction—Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex, and often
Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they
actually existed. Under the Black Flag tells their story in a rollicking
account packed with history, anecdote, and, above all, adventure. Here are the
true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne
Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. Here also are rousing descriptions of what
ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and
how they flourished—or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to
the loneliness of a fugitive’s life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly
brings the brutal world of pirates to life.
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