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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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