Bold in her breeches: women pirates across the ages

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Pandora, 1995 - History - 283 pages
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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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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


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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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