Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

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Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe is a thrilling read all on its own, whether or not you enjoy history or biography. It’s especially entertaining because the author is an enthusiast of pirate women and not a historian. Places in the book are laugh-out-loud funny and as such may get you strange looks from your kids once they realize pirates are more grisly than Jake in Neverland. Nonetheless, this book is filled with notorious female pirates that readers know—such as Mary Reed and Anne Bonny—as well as less well-known characters such as Lady Elizabeth and Lady Mary Killigrew, Queen Teuta, Cheng I Sao, and many others. From the earliest pirates of Greece to the modern Hollywood depiction of women on the high seas, Duncombe offers an amazingly researched volume that is highly readable, informative, and captures the je ne sais quois that pirate enthusiasts enjoy, while not shying away from brutal reality. Pirate Women is a can’t-miss book in the genre.


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Author Laura Sook Duncombe
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 264 pages
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Publish Date 2019-09-03
ISBN 9781641602228
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Issue March 2020
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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