Bold in her breeches: women pirates across the ages
From swashbuckling heroines to weary prostitutes, images of women pirates have been as varied and colorful as the seas on which they have plied their centuries-old trade. Simultaneously revered and reviled by superstitious male mariners, the realities of these women's lives have been lost in a fog of sexual and racial preconceptions.The contributors to Bold in Her Breeches take a wholly fresh look at these mythical figures and place 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 Chenge I Sao, we learn why women took to piracy, what it was actually like, how they were regarded by the people of their own time and what history has done to their stories. With contributions from Anne Chambers, Diane 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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