Piracy came into being almost as soon as ships set out upon the oceans of the world,
and this book describes how even in Roman times there were pirates abroad, and how
Julius Caesar himself fell into their hands.|
But the heyday of piracy came in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the
author tells the stories of some of the notorious figures of that time: Captain Kid,
Pirate of the King, Captain Avery, whose fantastic life gave rise to even more
fantastic myths, Blackbeard, driven by a dominating urge to power, Captain Codent,
a quiet man who turned to piracy from motives of revenge.
These are true stories, excitingly told - stories of audacity, disappointment, tragedy,
suffering, bravery - and a certain sort of glory.