xxi, 296 p.,  p. of plates
ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm. Wooden legs and parrots -- Plundering the treasure ports -- Sir Henry Morgan -- Women pirates and pirates' women -- Storms, shipwrecks, and life at sea -- Into action under the pirate flag -- Torture, violence, and marooning -- Pirate islands and other haunts -- Sloops, schooners, and pirate films -- Captain Kidd and buried treasure -- Hunting down the pirates -- Trials, executions, and hanging in chains -- The romance of piracy. Includes bibliographical references and index./ Includes bibliographical references (p. -274) and index. David Cordingly. Book
LC: G535; Dewey: 910.4/5
ISBN: 0679425608 :; 9780679425601 LCCN: 95-41414
Pirates have become so much a part of story and legend that is easy to forget they actually existed. Their roving lives left behind little historical record; thus our image of them is overlaid with three centuries of ballads, plays, epic poems, and films. But how does our conception of pirates compare with the reality, and why has such a romantic aura become associated with murderers and thieves? Author Cordingly, of England's National Maritime Museum, has mined a wealth of original sources--eyewitness accounts, court documents, national archives, and more--to create the most authoritative and definitive account of the great age of piracy: how they attacked, how they governed themselves, what they wore, what ships they used, why they flourished in the years around 1720, and what brought their reign of terror to an end.--From publisher description.