Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean

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By (author) Adrian Tinniswood

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1594485445
  • ISBN 13: 9781594485442

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The true story that's "bloody good entertainment" ("New York Times") about the colorful and legendary pirates of the 17th century. If not for today's news stories about piracy on the high seas, it'd be easy to think of pirating as a romantic way of life long gone. But nothing is further from the truth. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, and they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings this exciting and surprising chapter in history alive, revealing that the history of piracy is also the history that has shaped our modern world.

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Adrian Tinniswood is the author of "His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren and Visions of Power" "Ambition and Architecture from Ancient Times to the Present." He is a respected author, lecturer, and broadcaster in Britain and the United States.