Bold in Her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages

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Jo Stanley, Anne Chambers, Dian H. Murray, Julie Wheelwright
Pandora, 1995 - History - 283 pages
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As far back as 480 BC, when Artemisia commanded her Greek trireme, women have taken to the high seas in pursuit of life and liberty. Simultaneously revered and reviled by superstitious male mariners, the realities of these women pirates' lives have been lost in a murky fog of sexual and racial preconceptions.
Bold in her Breeches takes a wholly fresh look at these mythical figures and places them in their true historical and cultural contexts. From Artemisia to the contemporary women pirates of today, via eighteenth-century Grace O'Malley and nineteenth-century Cheng I Sao, we learn why women took to piracy, what it was actually like, how they were regarded by people of their own time and what history has done to their stories. What emerges, by virtue of insight, intuition and some wonderful research, is a retrieval of an entire women's seafaring history, culled from trial reports, from journalists' stories, and from the margins of history books.
With contributions from Anne Chambers, Dian H. Murray and Julie Wheelwright as well as editor Jo Stanley, Bold in her Breeches is a riveting insight into a wild and salty world hitherto all but obscured from view.

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User Review  - Doug - Goodreads

A history of female pirates faces formidable challenges: career criminals tends to be systematically sensationalized and mythologized, pirates were overwhelmingly from a socio-economic class virtually ... Read full review

Review: Bold in Her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages

User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

It seems to be a good overview of the concept of women pirates and their individual stories, or at least how much we do know about each individual pirate, since there are very few records to be found ... Read full review

Contents

Brigand dominatrices for utopiaseeking
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A cool look at a hot topic
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The women among the boys
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Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Jo Stanley is known world wide as one of the leading writers on women/gender and the sea, She writes fiction and non-fiction and is most famous for her acclaimed Bold in her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages (Rivers Oram Publishing 1999).

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