The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries (Elite #213) (Paperback)

The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries (Elite #213) By Angus Konstam, Angus Konstam, Gerry Embleton (Illustrator), Gerry Embleton (Illustrator) Cover Image

The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries (Elite #213) (Paperback)

By Angus Konstam, Angus Konstam, Gerry Embleton (Illustrator), Gerry Embleton (Illustrator)


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This is book number 213 in the Elite series.

For the best part of three centuries the “corsairs,” or pirates, from the “Barbary” coasts of North Africa dominated the western and central Mediterranean, making forays far into the Atlantic and preying on the shipping and coastal settlements across Christian Europe, ranging from Greece to West Africa to the British Isles. In the absence of organized European navies, they seldom faced serious opposition, and the scope of their raiding was remarkable.

As well as piracy and slave-raiding, they fought as privateers, sharing their spoils with the rulers of the port cities that provided them with ships, men, and a ready market. This book examines their development and style of fighting, chronicles their achievements and failures, and illustrates their appearance and that of their ships, explaining why they were so feared and so effective.

Angus Konstam hails from Orkney, off the north of Scotland. He has written widely on naval history, most recently Hunt the Bismarck and The Convoy. A former naval officer, he has worked as a museum curator in the Royal Armouries, Tower of London and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland. Now a full-time author and historian, he has returned to live in Orkney.

Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects for more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular. He lives in Switzerland, where since 1988 he has also become well known for designing and creating life-size historical figures for museums.

Product Details ISBN: 9781472815439
ISBN-10: 1472815432
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Elite
“This is an excellent history of the infamous 'Barbary Pirates,' covering their exploits, organization, ships and weaponry.” —Eyes on World Cultures