Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 25, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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For centuries, the sea has been regarded as a male domain, but in this illuminating historical narrative, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows that an astonishing number of women went to sea in the great age of sail. Some traveled as the wives or mistresses of captains; others were smuggled aboard by officers or seamen. And Cordingly has unearthed stories of a number of young women who dressed in men’s clothes and worked alongside sailors for months, sometimes years, without ever revealing their gender. His tremendous research shows that there was indeed a thriving female population—from pirates to the sirens of myth and
legend—on and around the high seas. A landmark work of women’s history disguised as a spectacularly entertaining yarn, Women Sailors and Sailor’s Women will surprise and delight.

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Review: Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways & Sailors' Wives

User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, but I had two problems with it. First, there were several chapters where he spent significantly more time discussing general maritime and naval history than how it specifically ... Read full review

Review: Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways & Sailors' Wives

User Review  - Leslie Jonsson - Goodreads

Excellent book on female pirates, seafarer's women and women somehow involved in a career with the sea. Read full review


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About the author (2009)

David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford and the author of Under the Black Flag, an acclaimed history of piracy. Cordingly lives with his wife and family by the sea in Sussex, England.

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