Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe

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Read Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas Online Free - In the first-ever Seven Seas history of the world’s female buccaneers, Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside—and sometimes in command of—their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom. History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers, until now. Here are their stories, from ancient Norse princess Alfhild and warrior Rusla to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs; from Grace O’Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; to Cheng I Sao, who commanded a fleet of four hundred ships off China in the early nineteenth century.

Author Laura Sook Duncombe also looks beyond the stories to the storytellers and mythmakers. What biases and agendas motivated them? What did they leave out? Pirate Women explores why and how these stories are told and passed down, and how history changes depending on who is recording it. It’s the most comprehensive overview of women pirates in one volume and chock-full of swashbuckling adventures that pull these unique women from the shadows into the spotlight that they deserve. 

Title : Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas
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ISBN : 1613736010
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 264 pages


Suzie rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 10, 2017

I REALLY wanted to love this book, but I can't. It reads like it's written by an average intelligence 15 year old high school student, peppered with cliches and tangents. It's all over the place, and does not read like a nonfiction book should - you know, with facts, details, and relevant informa...

Morgan rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 18, 2017

Disappointed. That's what I am right now. LADY PIRATES. THAT COVER. And yet. It was a slog to get through even being as short as it is. More than giving accounts of the lives of these women (or the legends of their lives for those there is no 'verifiable historical records' blahblahblah) it spent a...

Joe rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 20, 2017

This was a short but hard-to-read book that belies its whimsical title and well-designed book jacket. I chose this book after the author's appearance on NPR's This American Life where she was interviewed about a specific Chinese pirate queen. Based on the entertaining story she told on the radio...

Biblio rated it ★★★★★

February 24, 2017

Pirate Women covers the history of women who were pirates, in fact and in fiction, and when it comes to pirates, fact and fiction are never very far apart. What is remarkable about the story of women pirates is that there have been so many who fit into the admittedly large and hard to define cate...

Lori L rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2017

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe is the first-ever collection of stories about women pirates, real and legendary. "[T]o be a pirate is to assert that whatever you fancy belongs to you." This was written to describe sixteenth‑...

Clare rated it ★★★☆☆

August 11, 2017

As a longtime pirate aficionado and an even more longtime women's history aficionado, I was pretty stoked to find a copy of Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers who Ruled the Seven Seas at Porter Square Books this summer. I'd missed the author event, which I was bummed to fi...

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2017

Men and victors have been the predominant recorders of events throughout history. Their opinions and societal norms color their objectivity. As a result, women and their participation in historical events are either omitted from these accounts or given short shrift. Or as Duncombe writes: “Pirate...

Bexa rated it ★★★☆☆

June 05, 2017

This is decently written and decently researched, the problem lies is that most of the research is very minimal. Through no fault of the author, there just isn't a lot of information out there about women pirates of history. The only gripe I really have with it is that the author chooses to do a...

Val rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 23, 2017

To give you an idea how tangential and poorly organized this book "about pirate women" is, topics discussed include: the communist revolution in China, the creation of the transcontinental railroad, and Thelma and Louise...

Sarah rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 20, 2017

Not very organized. Too concerned with offending genders and gender binary. Two stars might be more than generous.

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