Wednesday, 21 September 2011

FACTUAL REVIEW: Pirate: The Golden Age - David Rickman, Angus Konstam, Ill. Giuseppe Rava

Release Date: 20/09/11


This book describes the life of a pirate in the early 18th century, the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’. It charts the way these men (and a few women) were recruited, how they operated, what they looked like and what prospects their lives held. In the process the book strips away many of the myths associated with piracy to reveal the harsh realities of those who lived beyond the normal bounds of society. Written by pirate expert Angus Konstam, the book draws on decades of research into the subject, and pulls together information from a myriad of sources including official reports, contemporary newspaper reports, trial proceedings and court testimony last words on the scaffold, letters and diaries as well as archaeological evidence and relevant objects and artefacts from museum collections on both sides of the Atlantic. A must have for fans of the classic pirate stories or warfare in the early 18th century.


I love these titles by Osprey as they bring the world of another age to the modern reader in an easy to comprehend, informative as well as entertaining way, especially when added alongside the cracking artwork of Giuseppe Rava to bring it all to life. It’s well written, it brings the characters of the age to life and it allows the reader to find pieces of information that is not only interesting but something that they’re going to remember for a long time.

Add to this a lot of solid research, great informative backgrounds as well as a roundup of events to the time period involved and it’s a book that might be worth getting for your own little freebooter, especially with all the interest around the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

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