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Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean - Adrian Tinniswood, Clive Chafer
Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean
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The stirring story of the seventeenth-century pirates of the Mediterranean-the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas-and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam. It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening... show more
The stirring story of the seventeenth-century pirates of the Mediterranean-the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas-and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam. It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening 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, wreaking havoc from Gibraltar to the Holy Land and beyond.Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this dynamic 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. In vivid detail, Tinniswood recounts the brutal struggles, glorious triumphs, and enduring personalities of the pirates of the Barbary Coast, and how their maneuverings between the Muslim empires and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today.As Tinniswood notes in Pirates of Barbary, "Pirates are history." In this fascinating and entertaining book, he reveals that the history of piracy is also the history that shaped our modern world.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781400149247 (140014924X)
Publisher: Tantor Media
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
2.0 Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean
Okay, look, I came into this researching English relations with pirates in the 1600s, which is what this book is about, and had the information I needed, and the Anglo-centrism STILL annoyed the crap out of me. I know that the author's area of study is England, but 100% of his sources are English, a...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century
bookshelves: african-continent, nonfiction, pirates-smugglers-wreckers, autumn-2012, published-2010, turkish-and-or-ottoman-root, afr-morocco, afr-tunisia, afr-algeria, war Read from September 09 to October 23, 2012 Read by Clive ChaferOverview - The true story that's "bloody good entertainment"...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
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Read by Clive ChaferOverview - The true story that's "bloody good entertainment" (New York Times) about the colorful and legendary pirates of the 17th century.If not for today's news stories about piracy on the high seas, it'd be easy to think of pirating as a romantic way of life long gone. But not...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
4.0 Pirates Of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th-Century Mediterranean
RRRRRRRRrrrrandstuff...Okay, so this may not be as wild and fantastical as The Pirates of the Caribbean, but Adrian Tinniswood did a great job bringing this version of swashbuckling history to life. There are some salacious tales of daring, but Pirates of Barbary goes beyond the expected stereotypes...
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