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Publisher's Summary

In the first-ever history of the world's female buccaneers, Pirate Women: the Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside - and sometimes in command of - their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom. History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers - until now. Here are their stories, from ancient Norse princess Alfhild and warrior Rusla to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs; from Grace O'Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, to Cheng I Sao, who commanded a fleet of 400 ships off China in the early 19th century. Author Laura Sook Duncombe also looks beyond the stories to the storytellers and mythmakers. What biases and agendas motivated them? What did they leave out? Pirate Women explores why and how these stories are told and passed down and how history changes depending on who is recording it. It's the most comprehensive overview of women pirates in one volume and chock-full of swashbuckling adventures that pull these unique women from the shadows into the spotlight that they deserve.
©2017 Laura Sook Duncombe (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Duncombe's well-researched account will appeal to history and women's studies aficionados, lovers of myth and lore, and all interested in viewing the past through a new lens." ( Booklist)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-19-17

Eww. Not a lovely historical fiction nor fact. Not a story, even.

Come on, this could have been a wonderful book of mini women pirate tales. Mix history and legend. Leave the thesis paper for school. Disappointed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-09-17

Great facts but a little boring.

This felt more like a class lecture book with matter of fact tidbits and less visual descriptions. Good information and I like that the author highlights how women could have been viewed/altered for a "better" tale or a more palatable one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 06-25-18

Listen at x1.25 speed

At first I thought I couldn’t listen to this book I found the narrator dull and almost robotic, it seemed more like a droning lecture then an exciting book about female pirates. So I changed the speed to 1.25x and bam not so dull, the narrator seemed to have more inflection in her voice and I’m glad I persevered as it is a good book.

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