Pirates of Barbary

Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean
Product Number: EB00389366
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101445310
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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The stirring story of the seventeenth-century pirates of the Mediterranean-the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas-and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam. It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, but they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam. They attacked ships, enslaved crews, plundered cargoes, enraged governments, and swayed empires, wreaking havoc from Gibraltar to the Holy Land and beyond. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this dynamic chapter in history, where clashes between pirates of the East-Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli-and governments of the West-England, France, Spain, and Venice-grew increasingly intense and dangerous. In vivid detail, Tinniswood recounts the brutal struggles, glorious triumphs, and enduring personalities of the pirates of the Barbary Coast, and how their maneuverings between the Muslim empires and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today. As Tinniswood notes in Pirates of Barbary, "Pirates are history." In this fascinating and entertaining book, he reveals that the history of piracy is also the history that shaped our modern world.

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Author(s): Adrian Tinniswood
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Nov 11, 2010

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Author(s): Adrian Tinniswood
Narrator(s): Clive Chafer
Product Number DC485
Released: Sep 06, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400119240
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Author(s): Adrian Tinniswood
Narrator(s): Clive Chafer
Product Number Z10005233
Released: Nov 17, 2010
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400199242

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