Quiz: The Golden Age of Piracy

Criminals of the sea, desperate sailors or romantic heroes? How much do you really know about pirates?

‘Pirates, robbers and other malefactors’: The role played by violence at sea in relations between England and the Hanse towns, 1385 – 1420

This thesis will argue that the impact of specific phenomena, particularly the activities of the Vitalienbrüder, on Anglo-Hanseatic relations has been not only neglected but misunderstood, and that attention to English sources can help flesh out our understanding of the Vitalienbrüder’s history.

Piracy and Papacy: The Legacy of Thibauld’s treasure

Pirates and popes seem to be two things that simply would not intersect owing to both time and distance, but in 1357 intersect they did. The result was a court claim that resulted claims for damages that wound up providing us one of the finest medieval cities to survive today.

Grainne Uaile: The Movie

An up and coming movie about Grace O’ Malley (Grainne Uaile), Ireland’s famous female pirate!

Piracy in Late Roman Britain: A Perspective from the Viking Age

In contrast to Romano-British studies, the scholar of the Viking Age is well served by detailed discussions of piracy, in large part driven by the considerable number of primary historical sources.

Fraxinetum: An Islamic Frontier State in Tenth Century Provence

How did a Muslim mini-state emerge on the southern coast of France in the tenth century?

Danger from the high seas: Pirates shaped the history of the Mediterranean for 3000 years

Eye patch, peg leg and hook arm – these are the attributes commonly connoted with pirates. What many might not know is that pirates had been painting the waters of the Mediterranean red for almost 3,000 years.

The Sovereign and the Pirates, 1332

One Monday in early Spring 1332 a galley commanded by two Genoese ran aground on the tiny island of Brescou in the Mediterranean, a mile or so off shore of the episcopal city of Agde.

Causes of Piracy in Medieval Japan

The scope of the study spans two distinct phases of piratical activity by Japanese marauders known as the wako, the first lasting from 1223 to 1265 and the second from 1350 to the early 1400s.

í víking : Norse who went plundering

Raids were commonplace among the Norse. They outfitted ships, plundered towns and monasteries, and sought adventure. Although they pursued far more peaceful pursuits much of the time, the summers saw them go í víking, plundering.

John Crabbe: Flemish Pirate, Merchant, and Adventurer

The decades before the outbreak of the Hundred Years’ War were notoriously fruitful in commercial violence.

Sir Francis Drake in the New World: 1577-1580

Sir Francis Drake in the New World: 1577-1580 C. Lankins, Katherine Senior Seminar Paper, Western Oregon University, June 3 (2009) Abstract Eighty six years after Spain had claimed the New World for themselves an English Privateer by the name of Francis Drake was becoming a thorn in their side. Called El Draque by the Spaniards, […]

The Perception and Interpretation of Hanseatic Material Culture in the North Atlantic: Problems and Suggestions

The Perception and Interpretation of Hanseatic Material Culture in the North Atlantic: Problems and Suggestions By Natascha Mehler Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume 1 (2009) Abstract: This paper takes the discussion on the concept of Hanseatic material culture from the Baltic and moves it west towards the North Atlantic islands and Norway, focusing […]

Marking Water: Piracy and Property in the Pre-Modern West

An examination of maritime theft in the medieval Mediterranean nevertheless presents what I will suggest is a modest case for ‘bringing’ medieval Europe ‘back in’ to the broader enterprise of studying world history.

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