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History's Famous Women Pirates: Grace O'Malley, Anne Bonny and Mary Read [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

*Includes historic illustrations depicting the three women and important people and places in their lives.
*Includes a profile of Anne Bonny and Mary Read from the famous English pirate history "A General History of the Pyrates".
*Discusses common legends about the three women, separating fact from fiction.
*Includes Bibliographies for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

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.

While that explains some of the reasons Grace O'Malley's life and legacy continue to resonate, she was clearly a different kind of woman altogether. Far from being a member of an unprivileged class seeking to steal booty from any ship she could, she was both a queen and a rebel who defiantly fought to protect her home and way of life against the English. Naturally, while foreigners might remember her as a pirate and one of many famous rebels opposing the English over the centuries, Ireland has remembered her as a folk hero, and she has become the subject of all the poetry, songs, plays, and movies that come along with such a standing. 19th century writer James Hardiman may have summed up her legacy the best when he wrote, “Her name has been frequently used by our Bards, to designate Ireland. Hence our Countrymen have been often called ‘Sons of old Grana Weal.’”

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.

Among all the pirates of the “Golden Age of Piracy”, none were as unique as Mary Read, who was one of just two known women to be tried as a pirate during the Golden Age, alongside her own crewmate (and possible lover) Anne Bonny. Like Anne, Mary Read was an illegitimate child who spent some of her childhood dressed up as and disguised as a little boy through incredibly strange circumstances. But unlike her future shipmate, Mary ultimately took a liking to it, and she continued to disguise her gender to take on roles reserved for men, including in the British army.

In 1720, Mary's ship was captured by Calico Jack, who already had his lover Anne Bonny as part of his crew and now unwittingly added a second female when Mary opted to join. Together the three played a legendary role as shipmates and possible lovers while continuing their piracy around the Bahamas, only to eventually be captured by authorities in October 1720. Most of the crew was executed, but Mary was able to successfully “plead the belly” and thereby receiving a stay of execution. This spared her the noose, but Mary died of illness before giving birth anyway.

History's Famous Women Pirates chronicles the lives and legacies of the three famous women. Along with bibliographies and pictures, you will learn about Grace O'Malley, Anne Bonny and Mary Read like never before.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1115 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (December 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR5HSHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Entertaining and Absolutely Worth Reading December 27, 2012
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I downloaded this on a fluke. I like strong bold brassy women and I like pirates and I was thrilled by this book. It had documentation that backed up what it said. Actual documentation from all these years ago and it was in a good light even though some parts were sad. Still, it seemed to have been spoken by the women themselves!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview January 25, 2013
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A good short biography of three most famous women pirates. The most detailed is the section about Grace O'Malley. It also includes original source materail for Read and Bonny - (entries from Life of Pirates). It is a good overview, and sympathic to the women.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read on an interesting topic March 24, 2013
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I always enjoy reading about these characters and this is a well thought out and interesting read, I downloaded for free
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