The Pirate Primer:
Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues
This be here grand book be written by George Choudas, a former FBI agent gone pirate in Tampa. He transcribed the wording from every book, movie n' play about pirates fer the past 300 years n' crafted the most comprehensive book of the pirate language that exist today.
This be the best selling book in my store. I just came out in a more affordable softback version. This is the guild I use when crafting my text fer all my pirate marketin' n' website, so I refer to this book often.
Take a tour through the world of piracy with the only authoritative work on the pirate language. A comprehensive course in pirate vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax.
Discover more than 100 pages of threats, curses, oaths, insults, and epithets; 31 types of pirate drink; 60 different pirate terms for "woman"; 67 kinds of pirate torture and punishment; 44 distinct definitions of “aargh”; and more.
Each entry in the Primer is accompanied by an excerpt, so you can see the words and phrases used in proper context by actual pirates. And each linguistic concept is introduced by a related anecdote or narrative account, so you can live the language while you learn it.
Pirate Primer Book $16
The Book of Pirates:
A Guide to Plundering, Pillaging and Other Pursuits
This be a fine book by my maties, Jamaica Rose n' Capt Michael Macleod, the publishers of No Quarter Given newsletter fer the past 15 years.
I have found many stories that incorporate a bit of history, adventure, and romance about pirates, but in Michael MacLeod and Jamaica Rose's wonderfully researched and written book, the authors have created a unique work that tells the truth of the Golden Age of Piracy, while bringing to the page stories of real pirates as colorfully as any author of fiction. There were many illustration that I have not seen in other books.
As I turned pages, I found I could not put the book down. What makes The Book of Pirates truly unique, is that it cannot be placed in a single category. It is non-fiction, posing questions and answers in a way that creates a game to test knowledge--what is a product of film and what is actual fact--clarifying such topics as how much gold there was in the Golden Age, the Pirate's Code, the origins of the Buccaneers, geography, weapons, and flags. The Book of Pirates is also an activity book, offering tips on designing a costume, choosing a pirate name, making a cutlass and treasure chest, and creating "believable blood".
Perhaps A Book of Pirates could be classified as a cookbook as well, for Cap'n MacLeod offers recipes, among them, Limeade Grog and Blackbeard's Gunpowder and Rum Punch. There are songs and sea shanties, tall tales of the Kraken, dice to make, and shipboard games like "rollin' the bones". This be a wonderful book fer both kid as well as adults.
Book of Pirates $13
Clothing Construction & Pattern 1750-1790
This be arrrr second best selling book in me shop! Thats because its one of the very few books that contains the history, detailed pictures and patterns of actual historic clothes. It is of the era just pass the golden age, but it still good.
This book contains excellent information, not only on pattern, but on the textiles used and construction methods on actual garments. I am fascinated with how these period items were put together and amazed at the detail the researchers were able to identify - so much better than iffy descriptions of fashion plates and contemporary paintings. It is also interesting to learn how patterns would've been used with particular textiles, given cost of fabric at the time.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about re-enactment costume, or who just wants to learn more history about how things were made. Good patterns and photos , non-academic layout.
Costume Close-Up Book $25
Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook:
A Swashbuckler's Guide from Pirates of the Caribbean
This ye dressin' up as Jack Sparrow, here be a helpful guild fer ye. Something ye can do after watching the DVD a hundred times.
The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook has the wit and humor of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including some tidbits regarding the upcoming 4th movie, all wrapped up in an informative reference book. Heller included some very entertaining diagrams and illustrations within the pages of The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook. I found the appendix of Piratical Language especially helpful and there is also a section of common insults, which I found particularly satisfying.
Consisting of six chapters, The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook is a resourceful guide to help you become the best pirate to ever sail the seven seas...next to Captain Jack, of course. We learn about "Pirate Hygiene (or Lack Thereof)" , "How to Fight a Tavern Full of Angry Men" and the "Top Ten Pirate Superstitions" Everything you ever wanted to know about becoming a pirate is right inside this highly entertaining resource guide.
So me hearties, heed all th' warnin's written within th' pages o' Th' Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook 'n ye might jus' save yourself a trip t' Davy Jones' Locker.
and in honor o' th' Pirate theme o' today's book review I shall break away from me usual espresso ratin' system 'n give Th' Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook a rum ratin'! Mmmm, rum!
Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook $19
We have dozen's of books in arrr fine store, I present some of arrrr best selling o' most unique pirate books fer ye to become educated mate!
Art of Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag
This art book showcases all of the incredible visual development that went into the creation of the Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag Video Game. The game franchise with a harsh new setting in the Golden Age of pirates. With intricately detailed environments and finely honed and evocative historical re-imaginings, This coffee table includes the game’s vast nautical gameplay, and its amazing range of locations, characters and action. .
• Size 11.6 x 9.3, Weight: 3 lbs 4oz.
• Hard Cover. 192 Pages
Art of Assassin's Creed 4 $35
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
Amazing as it seems, this be one of my best selling book s in the store. It is a historical work, not a story book. If you have any Jewish mates, this would make the perfect gift.
In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures–including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates–Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean reveals a hidden chapter in Jewish history as well as the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.
Sea Rover's Practice $18
Bloody Jack Book Series
Here be the staffs favorite book series in arrrr fine library. A story about a girl who dress up as a boy n' joins the British Royal Navy. Written by L.A. Meyer. It is currently up to 9 in the series, starting with Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky Faber, Ship's Boy, Curse of the Blue Tattoo, Under the Jolly Roger, In the Belly of the Bloodhound, Mississippi Jack, My Bonny Light Horseman, Rapture of the Deep, The Wake of the Lorelie Lee, Mark of the Golden Dragon. Only about half of the books contain pirates, but its a fun read, or better is the Audio CD which is narrated by Katherine Kellgren - if ye want to hear a great example of what a female pirate should sound like, this would be a grand way to train yarself.
Individual Blood Jack Paperback Books $8.99
Individual Blood Jack Audio CD $29.95
The History of Pirates
If ye be just starting out on becoming part of the brotherhood, this would be the book I recommend, as it cover pirates from the ancient world, the golden age to the modern day and its influence to pop culture as well. Angus Kostam has written over a dozen books about pirates.This 8x10 book has 192 pages with many photos, illustration, n' maps.
Piracy flourished in the early 18th century, producing many of the buccaneers whose legendary names have gripped our imaginations: Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Bartholomew Roberts, to name a few. Yet piracy on the high seas existed long before Blackbeard's name struck terror in the hearts of merchant seamen - Julius Caesar was captured by pirates - and it remains a problem today. Modern pirates regularly attack vessels sailing through the South China Sea. The History of Pirates traces piracy from the seas of antiquity to the New World and beyond. It represents a thorough, authoritative, and memorable portrait of the fascinating world of pirates. Detailed maps bear vivid testimony to the far-ranging exploits of these capricious, often charismatic, and frequently bloodthirsty robbers of the high seas.
History of Pirates $20
The Sea Rover's Practice
Here be the best book on how Pirates actually fought and boarded ship by me good mate, Benerson Little a former Navy SEAL Officer from Key West. He will be giving a lecture on Fact vs Myth on Pirate Boarding Actions at my Talk Like a Pirate Weekend.
For those who love historical texts, but sometimes have a hard time weeding thru the period language, overly technical jargon and miles of microfiche, this book is a real blessing. The author not only deals with the methods of tracking, chasing and boarding prey, but goes happily in-depth about the people who follow the "sweet trade".
Focusing on a hundred year period beginning in 1630, he on contemporary diaries and books to describe everything from the background, motivation, tactics, equipment, and even an appendix on drinks. The reality of the sea rover's tactics are in stark contrast to the image of the Hollywood pirate.
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean $16
The Great Expedition
In 1585, the English launched a pre-emptive strike against Spain, by attacking her New World colonies. Led by Sir Francis Drake, in command of 21 ships and 1,800 soldiers, the expedition struck first at the Canary Islands, then attacked the city of Santo Domingo and the treasure port of Cartagena. Frequently outnumbered, Drake’s soldiers won an series of spectacular victories and, laden with treasure, sailed home to a hero’s welcome.
The Great Expedition Book $18.95
Pirates of Savannah
The Trilogy includes "Sold in Savannah", "Battle Rats" and "The Rise of April", The trilogy is a historical fiction novel about the birth of liberty in the south. It takes place during pre-Revolutionary War age, truly a fascinating time in history that has been greatly ignored by other authors. At its heart, it is a tale of prisoners, refugees and society’s casts offs all joining together to escape from government tyranny and discover a path to liberty. Find out how a group of oppressed colonists gain the courage to start defying authority and begin planning a revolution from British control.
It is a gritty, vivid account of what life was like in the 1700's and is loaded with real, obscure historical events that time erased and buried. Follow the group of freedom seekers as their adventure takes them through Savannah, the Florida Keys, St. Augustine, Charles Towne and Cape Fear, as well as many other towns of the Low Country. Most importantly it is a fun read loaded with action. Please note: There are two versions of this novel, one for adults and one that has been adapted to be the first in a trilogy of novels for young adults. If you spend your booty on this, you're buying the adult version, yarrr.
Pirates of Savannah $23
The Republic of Pirates
Colins Woodard tells a romantic story about Caribbean pirates of the "Golden Age" (1715–1725)—whom he sees not as criminals but as social revolutionaries—and the colonial governors who successfully clamped down on them, in the early 18th-century Bahamas. One group of especially powerful pirates set up a colony in the Bahamas. Known as New Providence, the community attracted not disaffected sailors. The British saw piracy as a threat to colonial commerce and government. Woodes Rogers, the governor of the Bahamas and himself a former privateer, determined to bring the pirates to heel. Woodard describes how Rogers, aided by Virginia's acting governor, Alexander Spotswood, finally defeated the notorious Blackbeard. Woodard's portrait of Rogers is a little flat—the man is virtually flawless ("courageous, selfless, and surprisingly patriotic"), and the prose is sometimes breathless ("they would know him by just one word... pirate"). Still, this is a fast-paced narrative that will be especially attractive to lovers of pirate lore and to vacationers who are Bahamas-bound.
NBC is planning a new 10 episode drama series about pirates, targeted to launch in March 2013.
Republic of Pirates $15
The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientist & An Adventure with Ahab
This be the book that The Pirates! Band of Misfits Movie be based on. This is the original two in one book. Not the new one with the movie poster cover, which cost $4 more, but the same exact story. This is the first two books in the series, with The Pirates! In an adventure with Communist, followed by The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon.
If you are going to take one book to the beach this summer - this should be the one. Excessively silly - similar to Douglas Adams - akin to Monty Python - Arrrrr! I started carrying this book 2 years ago when 3 different customers recommended that I stock this one.
The Pirate! Scientist & Ahab Book $11
If a Pirate I must Be
Most pirate books are just a brief overview of the general catgory of pirates, if ye want to learn more ye must learn in detail about individual pirates, here be one of the most successful n' unique pirates of all time, Black Bart.
This is not a novelization, but a historical account of Bartholomew Roberts, the most successful pirate in history. Don't expect some dry history book here, this is fascinating!
Richard Sanders paints the full picture of why men turned to piracy - the ship captains' authority was total, and many were very cruel, but none so much as the slave ship captains. These men treated people with such brutality that human life was worthless to them, and they treated their sailors almost as poorly as the slaves. There are accounts of sailors begging food from the slaves - when food and water ran short, the sailors were deprived before the slaves. After all, the captains made no money on the sailors.
What struck me as most amazing was the democracy of piracy. The captain and all the officers were elected. The crew voted on destinations. The quartermaster balanced the captain's power.
If a Pirate I must Be $15
Empire of Blue Water
This is book I really did enjoy reading, it really when over the difference between the Spanish mind set and the Buccaneer mind set.
Before he became rum, Cap'n Morgan humbled the Spanish Empire. Part swashbuckling pirate, part aristocratic wannabe Henry Morgan blended his desire for adventure and wealth into an innovative military approach. English greed and rugged individualism could defeat Spanish monarchical bureaucracy. Talty illustrates the lures that drew free spirits from the Old World and into the new. Port Royal, Jamaica, serving as the seventeenth-century's sin city, offered all the vices a young rogue craved, plus the pirate excursions to fund his debaucheries. Talty's well-researched account weaves together myriad political and financial interests in the New World. From the young rogue in search of wealth and a good time to the British monarchy looking for a cheap way to defeat the Spanish (and finding that champion in the young pirate), the pirate's ferocity and depravity became known and feared. Morgan succeeded, where most could not, in straddling dual roles. He stood as the vital force in British military cunning and success, and did so as a feared yet respected pirate.
Empire of Blue Water $15