Legendary Pirates: The Life and Legacy of Anne Bonny

Legendary Pirates: The Life and Legacy of Anne Bonny

by Charles River Editors

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Overview

*Includes historic illustrations of Anne Bonny and important people in her life.
*Includes a profile of Anne Bonny from the famous English pirate history "A General History of the Pyrates".
*Discusses common legends about Anne Bonny and what is known and unknown about her.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“The Day that Rackam was executed, by special Favour, he was admitted to see her; but all the Comfort she gave him, was, that she was sorry to see him there, but if he had fought like a Man, he need not have been hang’d like a Dog.” - Captain Charles Johnson, A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates

The people who have lived outside the boundaries of normal societies and refused to play by the rules have long fascinated the world, and nowhere is this more evident than the continuing interest in the pirates of centuries past. As the subjects of books, movies, and even theme park rides, people continue to let their imaginations go when it comes to pirates, with buried treasure, parrots, and walking the plank all ingrained in pop culture’s perception of them. Charles River Editors’ Legendary Pirates series covers the lives, piracy, legends, myths, and legacies of history’s most famous pirates.

One of the most famous pirates of all time, and possibly the most famous woman to ever become one, was Anne Bonny. The Irish-born girl moved with her family to the Bahamas at a young age in the early 18th century, which at that time was a hotbed for piracy by the likes of Blackbeard, but the redhead with a fiery temper would go on to forge her own reputation. After marrying a poor sailor who accepted clemency to give up piracy, Anne began a legendary affair with Calico Jack Rackam and became pregnant with his child, but that did not stop them from plundering the high seas aboard his pirate ship Revenge, at least until they were captured by British authorities. Anne avoided execution by “pleading her belly”, getting a temporary stay of execution due to her pregnancy.

It is at that point that Anne Bonny drops off the historical record and becomes the stuff of legends. It’s unclear whether she was eventually executed or pardoned or even ransomed, and it’s unclear what became of her child. Her relationship with Mary Read aboard the Revenge is also the stuff of legends, and people have been filling in the gaps ever since.

Legendary Pirates: The Life and Legacy of Anne Bonny looks at the mysterious life and legends of the famous female pirate, attempting to separate fact from fiction while analyzing her lasting legacy. Along with pictures depicting Anne Bonny and important people in her life, you will learn about the famous pirate like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016217468
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 03/22/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 853,608
File size: 379 KB

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