Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth Century Caribbean (Google eBook)

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NYU Press, 1995 - Social Science - 215 pages
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Pirates are among the most heavily romanticized and fabled characters in history. From Bluebeard to Captain Hook, they have been the subject of countless movies, books, children's tales, even a world-famous amusement park ride.

In Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition, historian B. R. Burg investigates the social and sexual world of these sea rovers, a tightly bound brotherhood of men engaged in almost constant warfare. What, he asks, did these men, often on the high seas for years at a time, do for sexual fulfillment? Buccaneer sexuality differed widely from that of other all- male institutions such as prisons, for it existed not within a regimented structure of rule, regulations, and oppressive supervision, but instead operated in a society in which widespread toleration of homosexuality was the norm and conditions encouraged its practice.

In his new introduction, Burg discusses the initial response to the book when it was published in 1983 and how our perspectives on all-male societies have since changed.

  

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Review: Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean

User Review  - Colin Williams - Goodreads

Seriously, this book has everything you always wanted to know. The chapter entitled "Buccaneer Sexuality" is of course the best, but it contains so many insights, such as that fellatio is the ... Read full review

Review: Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean

User Review  - James Miller - Goodreads

I was convinced that many pirates were homosexual, but not 100% that it was as endemic as he argues. The material on the social milieu was as interesting as the material on piracy itself. Read full review

Contents

Preface
xi
Introduction
xxxvii
ONE Sodomy and Public Perception i
1
TWO To Train Up a Buccaneer
43
THREE The Caribbee hies
69
FOUR Buccaneer Sexuality
107
Bibliographical Essay 1j3
193
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B.R. Burg is Professor of History at Arizona State University and the author of Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition , also available from NYU Press.

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