The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries

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The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries

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For the best part of three centuries the “corsairs,” or pirates, from the “Barbary” coasts of North Africa dominated the western and central Mediterranean, making forays far into the Atlantic and preying on the shipping and coastal settlements across Christian Europe, ranging from Greece to West Africa to the British Isles. In the absence of organized European navies, they seldom faced serious opposition, and the scope of their raiding was remarkable.

As well as piracy and slave-raiding, they fought as privateers, sharing their spoils with the rulers of the port cities that provided them with ships, men, and a ready market. This book examines their development and style of fighting, chronicles their achievements and failures, and illustrates their appearance and that of their ships, explaining why they were so feared and so effective.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Chronology/ Background – the Barbary states/ Organization/ Galleys/ Appearance – arms and armour/ Warfare and tactics/ In action – period descriptions/ Glossary and Bibliography/ Plate commentaries

Product details

Published Aug 23 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472815439
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 28 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Elite
Short code ELI 213
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Angus Konstam

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Gerry Embleton

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