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Book Review: ‘The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families and Communities’

Book Review by James H Thomas on Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families and Communities (Carolina Academic Press: Durham, North Carolina, 2017), 147pp. £11-12 (Kindle and Paperback). This is a slim volume which promises much, delving ‘into the inner lives of pirates, focusing on their […]

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Home of Captain William Kidd and Sarah Kidd,1699

The Pirate Next Door: Wives, Families and Communities in the ‘Golden Age’ of Piracy

Pirates have many names—freebooters, brethren of the coast, members of the company, buccaneers. Throughout the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, thousands of pirates stalked the seas, attacking merchant vessels trading in the West Indies, West Africa, and North America. This period of violence and thievery has been well documented and immortalized as the ‘Golden […]

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