Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in 17th-century Mediterranean

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in 17th-century Mediterranean


By (author) Adrian Tinniswood

List price $30.79

Unavailable - AbeBooks may have this title.

Additional formats available

Paperback $6.87
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 36mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0224085263
  • ISBN 13: 9780224085267
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 353,015

Product 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.

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11

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."