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    Blackbeard's thirteenth wife tells her own tale in FIRE ON DARK WATER. After a successful US launch (in full pirate gear) the novel is about to set sail for the UK. Will be landing THURSDAY JULY 21st - aarrggh!
  2. Your ships name.

    My old gal is called The Lola.
  3. Pyracy Pub Book Group

    Regardless of whether it was written by Johnson or Defoe this is the most authentic pirate book ever! I love it. Authentic in what sense? 'Authetic', as in, was written by a chronological contemporary of the pirates it describes: certainly, and although there are numerous other books also written at the right time (and in some cases written by people actually involved in piracy as participants or victims), Johnson's is just about the fullest. 'Authentic', as in, is filled with accurate accounts of the pirates it describes: that's a whole other debate! In a general sense, some chapters are better than others, some are very good, some are most definitely not. For some chapters it seems likely that Johnson was able to interview credible witnesses - particularly the chapters on Davis, Roberts, Anstis, Phillips, and Lowther. For other chapters, such as Bonnet's and possibly Low's, Johnson appears to have bee working mostly from previously published material such as trial reports and newspaper articles. Some chapters - those on Vane, Rackham, Bonny, and Read, for example - he was probably using a mix of common gossip, newspapers, and his own imagination. Some chapters are highly inaccurate (Every's), others are filled with fictional events and people (Misson, Tew). And, of course, the jury's still out on several chapters. My definition is that the the author was around at the time, knew some of the characters or spoke to folks who knew the characters, and had some genuine historical / academic interest. As we know from conflicting newspaper reports (even today) eye-witness accounts of the same events often differ (even when there is a lot more actual 'proof' available). As with any human recall "truth" is always subjective. What I love about Johnson / Defoe is that he captures the flavor and atmosphere of the period, relates the tales in the popular imagination, and really transports you back in time.
  4. Pirate Limericks

    There once was a pirate called Blackbeard Whom everyone thought was quite wierd Because his fourteen wives Weren't terrified by knives - It was his ticklish whiskers they feared!
  5. Question about marriage at sea

    Legal marriages had to be performed by an ordained member of the clergy or a Justice of the Peace, even at sea. So unless the captain was also a JP he had no power to perform the ceremony. Blackbeard, however, was said to have "married" several women aboard his ship - bigamous, illegal, and probably seen as a huge joke on the unfortunate prostitute involved!
  6. Literary Pirate Novel

    Spoiled for choice! If you get chance to check out http://www.FireOnDarkWater.com perhaps you can suggest one. I'd love to play. But I'm not sure the world is ready for Lola . . . .
  7. Literary Pirate Novel

    Thanks. I agree - my character finds herself a victim of circumstance. The story is recounted by an English gypsy called Lola Blaise, who knows that Captain Edward Teach is a buccaneer when she marries him but has no idea she is about to become the thirteenth wife of the infamous Blackbeard, nor does she realize the unconscionable deeds she will have to perform to avoid the fate of her tragic predecessors. The action takes place in the Eighteenth Century’s ‘Golden Age of Piracy’. Lola takes us on an epic journey from her early Romany childhood, to loss of innocence in the slums of London, a horrific voyage on a white slave ship, indentured servitude on a Charleston rice plantation, life in a brothel on the ‘Pirate Republic’ of New Providence, and ultimately aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, as she interacts with real characters in factual situations. This is a gritty, violent, realistic portrayal of the lascivious, often manic events, acted out by dangerous drunk individuals with little left to lose. Warning: Not a tale for the faint of heart!
  8. questions for realistic pirate fiction

    My advice - make it gritty and raw. There are enough 'romance' pirate novels out there already! I don't buy the line that Bonny and Read took to the seas for love of a man. Bonny was a damaged personality and Read a victim of circumstance.
  9. Indentured servants revisited

    An interesting explanation. Thanks.
  10. Blackbeards Sword Found??

    Blackbeard's sword makes a good story - but I agree with you that it is quite unlikely. Did anyone see the pirate exhibit in Raleigh where they displayed the silver punch bowl supposedly made from Teach's skull? Not sure I was convinced about that either - but another great yarn!
  11. Pyracy Pub Book Group

    Regardless of whether it was written by Johnson or Defoe this is the most authentic pirate book ever! I love it.
  12. Literary Pirate Novel

    My link Any one interested in female piracy might enjoy FIRE ON DARK WATER - see link