Tuesday, 14 August 2012

GUEST POST: Rise and Fall of ‘Golden Age of Piracy’

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My name is Mark. I am a historian, researcher and writer. I regularly write on Historical topics related to Medieval, Renaissance, Pirate and Steampunk themes. If you want to know more about me and my blog, then See my blogs Renaissance Outfits, Renaissance Festivals and To be a Pirate.

Rise and Fall of ‘Golden Age of Piracy’

Most of the pirate historians accept the term ‘golden age of piracy’; however its chronological order is loosely defined. This term was missing until the year 1920, when a famous author Rafael Sabatini wrote the novels “The Black Swan” and “Captain Blood”. These novels were later on adopted in the swashbuckling films. Author accepted that there is nothing romantic in piracy as it is just a violent crime. But, the term is useful to define the era of the upsurge of piracy. The term was used in ironical sense. It became popular with this novel. But, it was used before also by English journalist George Powell in the year 1894.
There is a dispute among the historians about the duration of this era. Many of the historian mark this age between 1690s and 1730s. On the other hand, some others count the long duration of 1650s to 1730s under this period. On the contrary, a short time span from 1714 to 1724 was accepted as the golden age in the book “Pirate: The Golden Age” by A Konstam and D Rickman.
The duration of 1650s to 1730s is the most acceptable view, which faced three outbursts of piracy. According to this view, the buccaneering period was the first outburst of this era, which started from the end of war of religion. It allowed the countries of Europe to resume the progress of their colonial empires. Considerable seaborne trade and the economic amendments were required. Mammoth amount of money was needed to be made, or to be stolen. On the other hand, French buccaneers had established themselves as early as 1625 on the northern Hispaniola. The period of buccaneer age is believed from 1650s to 1680s.
Second outburst is recognized 1690s, which is named as ‘Pirate Round’. It is associated with long distance voyages to Bermuda, an associated member of the Caribbean community.  Another time span is known as post-Spanish Succession period, which extends from 1716 to 1726. By the end of War of Spanish Succession, many of the Anglo-American privateers and sailors were left unemployed. They turned into pirates in the Caribbean, West African coasts, American Eastern seaboards and Indian Ocean. This was the last decade of the aforementioned golden age.
In this golden age, a large number of pirates gained popularity and found the place in many of the books written on the pirate history. Some of these raiders include Henry Morgan, Henry Every, William “Captain” Kidd, “Black Sam” Bellamy, Stede Bonnet, Edward Teach, Calico Jack Rackham, Bartholomew Roberts, Edward Low, William Fly, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
This golden age fantasized the modern people up to a great extent. The fictional Hollywood film “Pirates of the Caribbean” presents the scenario of that era with a lot of fantasy. On the other hand, popularity of the pirate costumes and footwears is another example of the popularity of pirate culture in Europe and America.
You can obtain the pirate costumes and boots from various websites in order to get the feel of ‘golden age of piracy’. Tobeapirate.com is an ideal site wherefrom you can acquire these attires.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Early Modern Alphabet: T

Just a man riding a swan, no big deal.

Every now and then I post a letter from my Early Modern Alphabet, sometimes they're pretty and sometimes they're pretty strange, but all are undoubtedly little works of art in their own right.

Copyright © 2012 Elaine Hunter

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Early Modern Alphabet: O - The angry tree stump

 Nothing embellishes the letter O better than an angry tree stump.
 An angry tree stump with a moustashe though of course!

Every now and then I post a letter from my Early Modern Alphabet, sometimes they're pretty and sometimes they're pretty strange, but all are undoubtedly little works of art in their own right.

 A   W      I     T       H    
N        G
Copyright © 2012 E.JH

Sunday, 22 January 2012

'A Song made of Nothing': 17thc Ballad

A Song made of Nothing.
Yet he that doth read, or heare it shall find,
Something of nothing to pleasure his mind.
To a dainty New tune.

Some men of nothing doe matters endite.
& some men of small things large volumes doe write,
But if you wilt give me leave I will recite

                                                         A song made of nothing.
He that has nothing may soonest spend all,
And he thats exalted may have a downe-fall,
And he that is weakest may goe to the wall,

                                                         But I will say nothing.
He that presumeth a Gallant to be,
And spends more in one yeare then he gets in three,
Shall beg having wasted his Patrimony,

                                                         But I will say nothing.
He that has nothing, no credit shall have,
Although he be vertuous, hes counted a knave,
Among roaring Gallants that goe fine and brave,

                                                         Cause he can spend nothing.
He that delights in Cards and in Dice,
And spends his revenues in such idle vice,
Shall meet with lewd company him to intice,

                                                         Till he be worth nothing.
He that hath nothing, with troubles beset,
Will steale or doe something a living to get.
But if he be caught in the hangmans net,

                                                         His life is worth nothing.
He that hath nothing, can nothing possesse,
And he that hath little may looke to have lesse,
But much want and sorrow doth daily oppresse

                                                         the man that hath nothing.
He that will be a good husband indeed,
That unto his businesse doth goe with good heed,
Shall still have sufficient to serve him at need,

                                                         And alwayes want nothing.
He that is maried unto a good wife,
Shall live in content all dayes of his life,But if man and woman be given to strife,

                                                         Theyll fall out for nothing.
He that is idle and will not take paines.
But honest industry and labour disdaines,
When others true labours are quitted with gaines,

                                                         Then he shall have nothing.

 The second part. To the same tune.

HE that in Drunkennes takes his delight.
To drinke and to swagger, to brabble and fight
He taketh the wrong, and leaveth the right,

                                                         But I wil say nothing.
He that in basenesse his time doth here spend,
That never regards himselfe nor his friend,
He standeth in danger to have a bad end,

                                                         But I wil say nothing.
He that takes pleasure to curse, ban and sweare,
With vaine execrations his Maker to teare,
The Lord in his wrath, if he doe not forbeare,

                                                         wil bring him to nothing.
He that doth ruffle it out in vaine pride
That weareth gay clothes a foule carcasse to hide,
And beares more ons backe then hes worth beside,

                                                         Ile trust him for nothing.
He that delighteth to goe to the Law,
To sue for a trifle thats scarce worth a straw,
May sue for a Woodcocke. and catch a Jack-Daw

                                                         For all comes to nothing.
He that his time stil carelesly spends,
And hopes to be rich by the death of his friends,
The piller whereon all his hope still depends,

                                                         Perhaps comes to nothing.
He that deferreth amendment to th last,
And seekes not to thrive till al remedies past,
If he through his folly behind hand be cast,

                                                         His hopes are worth no[thi]ng.
He that lives uprightly in his vocation,
And on the distressed hath commiseration,
That man rightly merits a good commendation

                                                         Hes guilty in nothing.
He that with usury doth money beget,
And loves that young spend-thrifts should be in his debt
The Devill at last wil drag him ins net

                                                         But I wil say nothing.
He that can craftily cozen and cheat,
To get a base living by fraud and deceit,
Shal stand on the Pillory to coole his heate,

                                                         But I wil say nothing.
He that is often enclined to quarrell,
Wil bring both himselfe & his friend in great perill
But that man is blest that can wisely forbeare ill,

                                                         And learne to say nothing.
Here you see something of nothing is made.
For of the word nothing, something is said,
That man who hath neither wealth, wit, nor trade,

                                                         Alas he gets nothing.
So free me being tedious, I now wil refraine,
And pray for King Charles that long he many raigne:
His foes and all traytors that wish Englands bane.

                                                         Good Lord bring to nothing

Printed at London for John Wright.

From the English Broadside Ballad Archive
There is no definate date for this but thought to have been printed around 1602-1646
Image 1:  Buytewech, Willem Pietersz.
'Merry Company', 1622-24, from The Web Gallery of Art
Image 2: Honthorst, Gerrit van
'The Happy Violinist with a Glass of Wine', c. 1624, from The Web Gallery of Art

Copyright © 2012 E.JH