Terror on the High Seas

  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Publication Date: 7 Sep 2001
  • ISBN: 9781841764528
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 196
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About this Product

This book combines Elite 67: ‘Pirates 1660-1730', Elite 69: ‘Buccaneers 1620-1700' and Elite 74: ‘Privateers and Pirates 1730-1830'. Text by Angus Konstam, plates by Angus McBride. This book tells, in beautifully illustrated detail, the full story of piracy from its origins in the 16th century to the last great piratical wave in the early 19th century. It explores the lives of well-known buccaneers who carried out their raids under the protection of the English crown and the privateers that were relied on by the American Navy during the American Revolution to disrupt British shipping between England and the rebellious colonies. Other subjects covered include the ships, weaponry used, codes of behaviour and the lives of the colourful characters that roamed the high seas searching for plunder.

Biographical Note

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 15 books, many of which are published by Osprey. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He is now based in London, where he combines a freelance museum consultancy business with a career as a historian and writer.Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.


Introduction The Pirate Crew Pirate Warfare Pirate Dens Pirate Plunder Pirate Captains and Characters Pirate Ships Pirate Codes Pirate Flags Pirate Justice Background and Sources The Spanish Main Early Bucanneers The Buccaneering Art of War Buccaneer Strongholds Buccaneer Booty Buccaneering Fleets Flags and national identity Privateering in the Americas The Last Pirates Privateering Crews The Maritime Art of War Privateering ports The Anti-Piracy campaign Bibliography Commentary on colour artwork

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