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The pirate code : from honorable thieves to modern-day villains

Author: Brenda Ralph Lewis
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This wide-ranging book looks at the reality of 'honour amongst thieves' in the context of piracy throughout history, from the pirates of the ancient world, right up to the pirates of today's cargo ships or luxury yachts in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, where organized crime gangs enforce a similar form of sworn loyalty and 'omerta.' The Pirate Code also examines the actions and pirate 'ethics' of less  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brenda Ralph Lewis
ISBN: 9781599214559 1599214555
OCLC Number: 213839150
Description: 192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Piracy in the ancient world --
Viking and Barbary pirates --
Pirates of the Far East --
Pirate democracy --
The Brethren of the Coast --
Tales from the Caribbean --
The golden age of piracy --
Piracy today.
Responsibility: Brenda Ralph Lewis.

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This wide-ranging book looks at the reality of 'honour amongst thieves' in the context of piracy throughout history, from the pirates of the ancient world, right up to the pirates of today's cargo ships or luxury yachts in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, where organized crime gangs enforce a similar form of sworn loyalty and 'omerta.' The Pirate Code also examines the actions and pirate 'ethics' of less famous pirates and their eras, such as the Japanese Wokou pirates of the 13th-16th centuries and Zheng Yi and his wife's pirate alliance in 19th century China. With features on particular pirates such as Blackbeard and William Kidd, the three dif ferent pirate codes used in the Caribbean during the 17th and 18th centuries, and how the pirate code evolved into today's merchant shipping contracts, The Pirate Code illuminates the broader historical and geographical scope of piracy and provides a fascinating introduction to the reality of life on board a buccaneer ship. - Publisher.

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""If any Man shall steal any Thing in the Company, or game, to the Value of a Piece of Eight, he shall be maroon'd or shot."""Captain John Philips' Articles, 1724"

 
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