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    Old Twillian
  • Birthday 12/14/1978

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    Beautiful lush Devon, England
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    Nautical history of the 16-18th centuries and living history based thereon.

    Shooting pirates.

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  1. Farewell Twill

    No, however if you go in a leather tricorn and bucket boots AS a scantily clad female pirate that will be fine.
  2. Farewell Twill

    As the current and final moderator of Twill, as well as ones of its oldest inhabitants, I'd like to thank everyone for all the awesome conversations over the last thirteen years. I know I've made a few good and long-term friends here. Here's to you all. You are all Captain Twill.
  3. The Way Ahead

    There are plenty of weird foreigners in the APLH group, but I understand what you mean. Still, it might be a case of beggars not being choosers. I hope you enjoy the documents. Volume II is in the works, but other projects keep getting in the way...
  4. The Way Ahead

    Discussions of any aspect of golden age pirate history are welcome and encouraged.
  5. The Way Ahead

    The whole of the Pub is being closed down, yes. There is a thread explaining HERE.
  6. The Way Ahead

    You think we don't already?
  7. Davy Jones and Fiddler's Green and Sea Myths

    The character of Davy Jones as seen in the PotC franchise is basically an invention of Disney with a 'traditional' name tacked on, but Disney can't own the copyright on the name, so if you use their character you might run into trouble but it you create your own personification of Jones you should be ok. However, to my knowledge, Davy Jones, the Flying Dutchman, and Fiddlers' Green are all later than the GAoP in origin. The only post-mortem superstitions which seem prevalent amongst GAoP era pirates are essentially Christian notions of Heaven and Hell.
  8. The Way Ahead

    As we count down to the last days of Captain Twill thoughts turn to the future of historical pirate discussion. Facebook is not such a good medium as Twill has been over the years, but it's unlikely to go away any time soon, so may I extend an invitation to any denizens of Twill who are not already members to join the Authentic Pirate Living History group on Facebook.
  9. My thoughts on Capt Johnson's book

    It was written by a journalist (probably)
  10. Bucket Boots!

    I dispute that you've worn them, please provide three independently verified pieces of evidence.
  11. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    It was ever thus. The Pub was very much the love-child of No Quarter Given which, in its own day served as a hub for those of us who liked to play pirates. I was a subscriber and occasional author for NQG, but as the digital age loomed the print magazine fell overboard. Now the tight-bottomed social media has all but replaced forums (not for the better, IMHO) as the main means of communicating with our fellows. December 30th this year will be my own 13th anniversary as a member of the Pub. They've been thirteen good years and I'm grateful for the friends I've made here. That sounds very final and sad, but I'll see most of you over on Facebook.
  12. golden Age Pirate how truthful are the shown

    Dammit, no "like" button here...
  13. Pirates were bloodthirsty criminals...

    Yes, there's a wide gulf between liberal teddy-bear at one end and psychopath at the other. Pirates came in at various points on the scale in between, from Edward Low who was renowned for his brutality and Charles Vane who tortured children, to Howell Davis who was well-spoken of by his contemporaries but quite definitely in it for the profit. Somewhere in the middle were men like Richard Taylor who inspired good opinions, but could also fly off the handle and beat people on little provocation. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a serious historian who thought pirates were all bloodthirsty murderers, but since you asked for 'a historian who does not believe in the liberal nature of pirates,' the fullest rebuttal of the egalitarian pirate model is probably my own doctoral thesis, which can be found HERE. If you want something shorter then Crystal Williams, 'Nascent Socialists or Resourceful Criminals? A Reconsideration of Transatlantic Piracy, 1690-1726' in Paul A. Gilje and William Pencak (eds), Pirates, Jack Tar, and Memory: New Directions in American Maritime History (Mystic, 2007) would be a good start.
  14. golden Age Pirate how truthful are the shown

    Pirates in Their Own Words is available HERE (link to hardcover, but softcover and eBook are also available). I believe Baer's four-volume tome is now out of print, so inter-library loan might be the only way to get it. There are lots of different sources available, but for the lives of common pirates the two best are the trial accounts to which Mission alluded, and even better, the pre-trial examinations. Several trial accounts are freely available: Kidd's trial has been published several times, Roberts' crew's trial can be found in Johnson's GHP, and I've seen the trials of Bonnet's crew and some of Every's crew online. There are three trials in Pirates in Their Own Words, and a couple reprinted in J.F. Jameson's Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period, which is now freely available online. Many printed trial accounts can be found in Baer's collection - if you can get it. Pre-trial examinations are harder to access (but totally worth the effort!). Most have never been reprinted so are only available in the original manuscripts, most of which are held in the National Archives, Kew (HCA 1/51-53) and will involve a trip there and about two weeks at least to work through them properly. Quite a few (and most of the good ones) are reprinted in Pirates in Their Own Words, and there are some from American archives in Jameson's book mentioned above. Pirates in Their Own Words, Vol. ii is in the works and will hopefully be available before the end of the year, containing newspaper and pamphlet accounts. Of course, while doing your own primary source research is the best, it's not the only way to find out about the real lives of pirates. There are a handful of decent books (and piles and piles of less-decent books) available. The most recent social history of pirates of the 'golden age' is my own doctoral thesis, which is available free of charge from THIS LINK