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    Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in 17th-century Mediterranean (Hardback) By (author) Adrian Tinniswood


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    Description"Pirates of Barbary" is an extraordinary record of the European renegades and Islamic sea-rovers who terrorised the Mediterranean and beyond throughout the seventeenth century. From the coast of Southern Europe to Morocco and the Ottoman states of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli, Christian and Muslim seafarers met in bustling ports to swap religions, to battle and to trade goods and slaves - raiding as far as Iceland and New England in search of their human currency. Studying the origins of these men, their culture and practices - from pirate etiquette to intimidation tactics - Adrian Tinniswood expertly recreates the twilight world of the corsairs in fascinating detail, and uncovers a truly remarkable clash of civilisations. "Pirates of Barbary" draws on an incredible wealth of material, from furious royal proclamations to the private letters of pirates and their victims, as well as recent Islamic accounts to provide a new perspective on the corsairs, both as criminals and as devout warriors engaged in a battle against European incursions. The result is a kaleidoscopic image of a wild and exotic people, place and time, and a fascinating insight into what it meant to sacrifice all you have for a life so violent, so uncertain, and so alien that it set you apart from the rest of mankind.

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    Pirates of Barbary
    Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in 17th-century Mediterranean
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adrian Tinniswood
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 617 g
    ISBN 13: 9780224085267
    ISBN 10: 0224085263

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HB
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 961.023
    BIC subject category V2: 3JF, 1HB
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    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Imprint name
    Jonathan Cape Ltd
    Publication date
    12 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Adrian Tinniswood is a historian and educationalist. He lectures regularly in Britain and the US, and was for many years consultant to the National Trust on heritage education. He is the author of eleven books of social and architectural history including His Invention So Fertile, his acclaimed biography of Sir Christopher Wren. His most recent book, The Verneys, was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
    Review quote
    "This rollicking book unpicks a confusion of names, dates and places to produce a fascinating history of seabourne conflict." --"Daily Telegraph""Adrian Tinniswood is a masterly writer of history with a gift for slamming his readers into the thick of the action." "--Literary Review""From the Trade Paperback edition."