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Type Talks and tours
Location
Cutty Sark
Date and Times Wednesday 14 August 2024 | 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Prices Free for Members – booking required

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Everyone knows the popular image of pirates, and the most famous figures like Blackbeard. Yet they are only part of the fascinating history of piracy.

Historian and author Dr Richard Blakemore will reveal the lesser-told tales of those who sailed and plundered on the high seas. Discover the stories of people such as the Miskito man called ‘Will’ who survived for years alone on the Juan Fernández Islands; Abraham Samuel, who escaped slavery in the Caribbean and became a king in Madagascar; and the four musicians captured by Bartholomew Roberts and forced to play for the pirates’ amusement.

This talk will show you a side of piracy you have never seen before.

About the author

Dr Richard Blakemore has studied pirates for over a decade, from his Cambridge PhD to his role as Associate Professor in Social and Maritime History at the University of Reading, where he teaches the most popular module, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Empire, Slavery, and Society, 1550-1750’.

He has been a consultant for the National Maritime Museum; appeared on local and national BBC radio; on Channel 5’s Great British Ships; produced two series of podcasts; and written for blogs and magazines such as History Today.

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