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Gay Pirates

I received a present the other day – a book through the post from an ex-colleague: ‘Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition.’ It’s a fascinating read. Admittedly, I was a little wary: there’s a long history of ‘actually, they were gay’ books which would have us believe that Jesus, St Paul, Shakespeare and even George Michael [...]


Pirating the Pirates: What Were Women Doing on Ships?

The reading I’ve been doing on piracy throws up an interesting question: where are the women? The literature and the culture around piracy is very very male, so did women have a place at all? The answer is that they did, although it is not clear the extent to which women did turn pirate. The [...]