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

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NYU Press, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 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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With a title like this, how can you NOT buy it? This is actually a serious scholarly work on the subject of homosexuality and pirates (duh). There's a lot of conjecture, but the author (a historian) backs it up with a lot of fascinating detail. Recommended for both fans of pirates AND sodomy! Read full review

Contents

SEVENTEENTHCENTURY ENGLAND
1
TWO TO TRAIN UP A BUCCANEER
43
THREE THE CARIBBEE ISLES
69
FOUR BUCCANEER SEXUALITY
107
FIVE THE BUCCANEER COMMUNITY
139
NOTES
175
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
193
INDEX
211
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B. R. Burg is Professor of History at Arizona State University and the author of Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition.

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