Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

By | November 18, 2017
Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas Author Laura Sook Duncombe
ISBN-10 1613736010
ISBN-13 9781613736012
Year 2017-04-01
Pages 264
Language English
Publisher Chicago Review Press
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In the first ever Seven Seas history of the worlds 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 alongsideand sometimes in command oftheir 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 OMalley 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 Its 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

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