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Pirates: Truth and Tales

Helen Hollick

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Amberley Publishing
15 July 2018
Biography: general; History; Maritime history
The historian R. H. Tawney famously wrote, `The sixteenth century lives in terror of the tramp.' The eighteenth century lived in terror of the tramps of the seas - pirates. Pirates have fascinated people ever since. It was a harsh life for those who went `on the account', constantly overshadowed by the threat of death - through violence, illness, shipwreck, or the hangman's noose. The lure of gold, the excitement of the chase and the freedom that life aboard a pirate ship offered were judged by some to be worth the risk. Helen Hollick explores both the fiction and fact of the Golden Age of piracy, and there are some surprises in store for those who think they know their Barbary Corsair from their boucanier. Everyone has heard of Captain Morgan, but who recognises the name of the aristocratic Frenchman Daniel Montbars? He killed so many Spaniards he was known as `The Exterminator'. The fictional world of pirates, represented in novels and movies, is different from reality. What draws readers and viewers to these notorious hyenas of the high seas? What are the facts behind the fantasy?
By:   Helen Hollick
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   274g
ISBN:   9781445682839
ISBN 10:   1445682834
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   15 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Helen started writing as a teenager. Published in the UK with her Arthurian Trilogy and two Saxon novels, she was selected by US publisher, Sourcebooks, and became a USA Today bestseller. Her Sea Witch Voyages are nautical-based adventures with a touch of fantasy, and are inspired by the Golden Age of Piracy. She is the founder of Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and lives in Devon.

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`Helen Hollick has it all! She tells a great story, and gets her history right.' -- Bernard Cornwell


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