English Summary/英文概要： ’Real history, so much more exciting than any pirate legend.’ - Dan Snow
’Rebecca Simon paint[s] a colourful and evocative portrait of that ‘golden age of piracy’ . . . [a] zesty and eye-opening history’ - The Mail on Sunday
Pirates have long captured the imagination with images of cutlass-wielding swashbucklers, eye patches and buried treasure. But what was life really like on a pirate ship? Piracy was a risky, sometimes deadly occupation, and strict orders were essential for everyone’s survival. These ’Laws’ were sets of rules that determined everything from how much each pirate earned from their plunder to compensation for injuries, punishments and even the entertainment allowed on ships. These rules became known as the ’Pirates’ Code’, which all pirates had to publicly swear by.
Using primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, trial proceedings and maritime logs, this book explains how these codes were the key to pirates’ success in battle, both on sea and on land.
Awards/获奖情况： ’A comprehensive and highly engaging study of the operations and everyday life at sea on pirate ships in the "Golden Age" of piracy. Using a wide range of archival material, Rebecca Simon has produced a meticulous examination of how pirate crews used "articles" to organise their ships and lives. An in-depth exploration of not only the most notorious pirates and their lesser-known brethren, but every aspect of pirate life from the motivations of men to turn to piracy, to how they shared out plunder and food, to discipline and health care for injured pirates. The Pirates’ Code is a pleasure to read.’ --Elaine Murphy, Associate Professor of Maritime History, University of Plymouth
|About the Author/作者介绍： Rebecca Simon was born in Los Angeles, California. She is an expert on the history of piracy and received a Ph.D. on the subject at King’s College London in 2017. With a passion for public history, she has appeared on several podcasts, documentaries, and has written articles for both academic and popular audiences. A prolific traveler, Rebecca considers herself a citizen of the world. Rebecca currently lives in Los Angeles. She teaches history at Santa Monica College and is either planning her next international adventure or reading about all things pirates.