WOMEN PIRATES by Myra Weatherly

WOMEN PIRATES

Eight Stories of Adventure
Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 These tales of women pirates show that the ``gentle sex'' could be dastardly, too. In a somewhat dry tone, Weatherly recounts what's known about these feminine scourges of the sea, most of whom dressed as men to carry out their dirty deeds. Included are Alfhild, the fierce Viking warrior, who plundered the Danish coast, and Grace O'Malley, a pirate who met and was pardoned by Queen Elizabeth I. Mary Read and Anne Bonny met each other while both were posing as men, and both just missed the noose because of pregnancy. Even as late as the early 1800s the China seas were plagued by Cheng I Sao, who married into a family of pirates and became one herself. The lackluster text and staid black-and-white reproductions temper an inherently exciting topic. Margarette Lincoln's The Pirate's Handbook (1995) has only tidbits about a few of these women pirates, but delivers that information in a colorful, pleasing format. (maps, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11-13)

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 1998
ISBN: 1-883846-24-2
Page count: 112pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1997




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