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Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates epub

by David Cordingly


Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates epub

ISBN: 0679425608

ISBN13: 978-0679425601

Author: David Cordingly

Category: Romance

Subcategory: Contemporary

Language: English

Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 20, 1996)

Pages: 296 pages

ePUB book: 1577 kb

FB2 book: 1600 kb

Rating: 4.6

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view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. The first chapter is more about the media written pirate and contrasting it to the reality. But it fails to give much of any real information.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. I'm about halfway done and the chapters carry more as you go on.

Under the Black Flag book. Cordingly compares the pirates of fiction with the pirates of reality, and this is the weakest part of the book, particularly where he attempts rather awkwardly to explain why we're all so fascinated with the romance of piracy. Since he mostly confines this to the introduction and afterword, it was easy to ignore.

David Cordingly was for 12 years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where .

David Cordingly was for 12 years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford and the renowned author of the definitive book on pirates, Under the Black Flag, as well as Seafaring Women and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. Cordingly lives with his wife by the sea in Sussex, England.

Under the Black Flag explodes many closely held myths and replaces them with a truth that is more complex . Sobre el autor (1996).

Under the Black Flag explodes many closely held myths and replaces them with a truth that is more complex and every bit as fascinating. Here are the real stories of Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Henry Morgan, along with lesser-known but equally noteworthy pirates such as Henry Avery (who captured an emperor's treasure fleet but died penniless) and the cross-dressing women Anne Bonny and Mary Read. David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford. He lives with his wife and family in Sussex, England.

Under the Black Flag also charts the paths of fictional pirates such as Captain Hook and Long John Silver. The definitive resource on the subject, this book is as captivating as it is supremely entertaining. Praise for Under the Black Flag lively history. David Cordingly, an acclaimed expert on pirates, reveals the spellbinding truth behind the legends of Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Sir Francis Drake, the fierce female brigands Mary Read and Anne Bonny, and others who rode and robbed upon the world's most dangerous waters. Here, in thrilling detail, are the weapons they used, the ships they sailed, and the ways they fought-and were defeated.

Under the Black Flag also charts the paths of fictional pirates such as Captain Hook and Long John Silver

Under the Black Flag also charts the paths of fictional pirates such as Captain Hook and Long John Silver. Praise for Under the Black Flag. If you've ever been seduced by the myth of the cutlass-wielding pirate, consider David Cordingly's Under the Black Flag. -USA Today, "Best Bets". a tale of the power of imaginative literature to re-create the past.

Under the black flag: the romance and reality of life among the pirates, David Cordingly

Under the black flag: the romance and reality of life among the pirates, David Cordingly. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. Although the Chinese pirates and the Barbary corsairs will appear in some of the ensuing chapters, this book concentrates on the pirates of the Western world, and particularly on the great age of piracy, which be. gan in the 1650s and was brought to an abrupt end around 1725, when naval patrols drove the pirates from their lairs and mass hangings eliminated many of their leaders.

Under the Black Flag : The Romance and the Reality of Life among the Pirates. As he explodes many accepted myths (. walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.

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Under the Black Flag. Independent Booksellers. A revisionist history of the golden age of piracy draws on original archive records to provide a realistic study of pirates and their lives that refutes many of the myths about the era.

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 (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier. 16 pp. of photos. Maps.
Under The Black Flag is an easy to read book with smooth transitions between chapters. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific pirate topic that is explained in an easy to understand way, without boring the reader with unnecessary details. Mr. Cordingly does a wonderful job at transporting the reader back to the gold age of piracy. The author explains the life of these characters by exploring with historic events all the way from how a person decided to become a pirate to how piracy was brought to an end. This book covers famous pirates such Kidd and Blackbeard, but only enough to provide a general understanding of these characters and this is great for a reader like me - who is new to the topic. I was pleasantly surprised to learn certain details about pirates that I thought had been made up by Hollywood, but now I feel I can enjoy pirate movies and shows better. Under the Black Flag answered a lot of questions I had about pirates and their lifestyle and now I am more fascinated by them than before reading the book. I strongly recommend this book if you have any interest whatsoever in the topic.
While Cordingly is clearly an excellent writer, there are a couple of things with which I struggled here. The primary one is at least a bit objective, while I am admittedly subjective in the second. First- If you read this book you get the distinct impression that each chapter was written independently, without consideration that they would be compiled into a book. The amount of redundancy tells us all we need to know about that. If the work was planned as a whole, the same facts would not surface 6-8 times.

Secondly, you really have to be infected with a form of pirate-mania to want to hear endless details about every "important?" pirate book, play, or movie ever made. For me, that was just over the top. Who cares about detailed plot lines, who the actors were, and endless minutia? To be fair, the descriptions of the book, as well as the reference to "The Romance" in the title, indicates that we have not been duped - this subject would be part of the text. Personally I had no use for it. But of course since each chapter is essentially its own self-contained college term paper, not having been built on a previous one in any great sense, you can just skip ahead. Or at least go to a place where it stops talking about the media-created "pirates".

These not-so-small nits aside, you really do learn, via the authors research of public records, what pirates were all about. The book is an easy read. It would be great to get into modern-day piracy, but that would be another book because there is no way to dovetail that with this work that describes what might be called the hey-day of piracy.

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I was hoping this would be more factual (I got it to help with research with a period piece I'm writing). The first chapter is more about the media written pirate and contrasting it to the reality. But it fails to give much of any real information. I'm about halfway done and the chapters carry more as you go on. If you're looking for a wide view history then this book is good. If you're looking for just facts you should make this one your second choice. His writing though is fast paced and intriguing. Definitely a good read no matter what.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, not only for its well-researched historical content, but for the way the author illuminates how the realities of the Golden Age of Piracy inspired and differed from popular fiction and film. The author covers a great deal of ground here, relating the real-life stories of some of the most famous historical pirates, like Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Bartholomew Roberts, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Mary Read and more. There was a chapter devoted to female pirates, which I quite appreciated. There's a lot of information here, presented in a pleasant, easy to read style. The downside to that is the fact that some information seems a bit jumbled together, in a flow-of-consciousness manner. But this is a forgivable offense, given the sheer quantity (and quality) of information. Moreover, I found it a highly enjoyable and satisfying read. I recommend the book to anyone looking to learn more about the Golden Age of Piracy.
There's tons of quality information to be had here, and you can tell the author does his best to bring the information he's gleaned from judicial summaries, shipping report, and testimonials to life. However, the tale he weaves is incredibly meandering, so that most chapters don't seem to have any real cohesive subject, and the chapters bounce back and forth so that the book as a whole doesn't move forward in any sort of logical or chronological manner. And unfortunately, whether due to the author's style or the limited research materials, the final product comes across as rather dry, and for lack of a better word, boring. Recommended for the pirate enthusiast, but don't expect to be riveted to your chair during the read.
Cordingly has clearly done some impressive research, but his presentation is quite dull. There are too many sections with pages and pages of ships' measurements or attendees at pirate trials, and too few first-hand accounts of actual life among the pirates. The chapter that details Capt. Kidd's piracy is quite good, but there should have been many more of such vignettes. Also, he is quite repetitive about certain facts and details and has an annoying tendency to say, "There is scant information available about what X was like among pirates, so instead let me tell you excruciating details about what X was like among privateers and military ships at the time."