Blow the Man Down

Blow the Man Down

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 130 x 190mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0192710117
  • 9780192710116

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Based on the true story of Thomas Lurting, who sailed the Mediterranean as a boatswain's mate on a British frigate in 1657, the adventures here have their roots in piracy, religious faith and mysterious parentage and are presented in a first person account by Richard Croly, a young shipmate of Lurting's. Facing the Spanish fleet off the Canaries, Lurting is converted to the Quaker faith by some brave and generous sailors and leads a mild mutiny in protest against the mishandling of the crew. With the succession of Charles II there is another trip on another ship and the dangerous and complicated restoration of some captured Turkish sailors, together with revelation of Richard's true identity as the son of a miscreant Lord. What must have been an eventful period in Lurting's life is dulled by a telling which does not do justice to the incidents or the maritine customs of the times. Lurting's own account is reproduced in an appendix. (Kirkus Reviews)show more