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Pirates of Barbary : corsairs, conquests, and captivity in the seventeenth-century Mediterranean

Author: Adrian Tinniswood
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Riverhead trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone--if not for today's headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, but they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world, and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam. They attacked ships, enslaved crews,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian Tinniswood
ISBN: 1594485445 9781594485442
OCLC Number: 733731526
Description: xx, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Prosperity at sea: the Mediterranean world --
Where are the days?: the making of a pirate --
Hellfire is prepared: turning Turk on the Barbary Coast --
The land hath far too little ground: Danseker the Dutchman --
Your majesty's new creature: pardons and pragmatism under James I --
Rich caskets of home-spun valour: fighting back against the pirates --
Treacherous intents: the English send a fleet against Algiers --
Fishers of men: The sack of Baltimore --
Woeful slavery: William Rainborow's 1637 expedition to Morocco --
The yoke of bondage: a slave's story --
Deliverance: the liberation of Barbary captives --
The greatest scourge to the Algerines: the occupation of Tangiers --
Breaches of faith: making peace with Barbary --
No part of England: The evacuation of Tangiers --
The king's agent: Life in late-seventeenth century Tripoli --
The last corsair: colonialism, conquest, and the end of the Barbary pirates.
Responsibility: Adrian Tinniswood.

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It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone--if not for today's headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, but they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world, and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam. They attacked ships, enslaved crews, plundered cargoes, enraged governments, and swayed empires. Historian Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this chapter in history, where clashes between pirates of the East--Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli--and governments of the West--England, France, Spain, and Venice--grew increasingly intense and dangerous, and he shows how their maneuverings between the Muslim empires and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today.--From publisher description.

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