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The pirate king : the strange adventures of Henry Avery and the birth of the Golden Age of piracy / Sean Kingsley and Rex Cowan.

Kingsley, Sean, (author.). Cowan, Rex, (author.).

"Henry Avery of Devon pillaged a fortune from a Mughal ship off the coast of India and then vanished into thin air--and into legend. More ballads, plays, biographies and books were written about Avery's adventures than any other pirate. His contemporaries crowned him "the pirate king" for pulling off the richest heist in pirate history and escaping with his head intact (unlike Blackbeard and his infamous Flying Gang). Avery was now the most wanted criminal on earth. To the authorities, Avery was the enemy of all mankind. To the people he was a hero. Rumors swirled about his disappearance. The only certainty is that Henry Avery became a ghost. What happened to the notorious Avery has been pirate history's most baffling cold case for centuries. Now, in a remote archive, a coded letter written by "Avery the Pirate" himself, years after he disappeared, reveals a stunning truth. He was a pirate that came in from the cold . . . In The Pirate King, Sean Kingsley and Rex Cowan brilliantly tie Avery to the shadowy lives of two other icons of the early 18th century, including Daniel Defoe, the world-famous novelist and--as few people know--a deep-cover spy with more than a hundred pseudonyms, and Archbishop Thomas Tenison, a Protestant with a hatred of Catholic France. Sean Kingsley and Rex Cowan's The Pirate King brilliantly reveals the untold epic story of Henry Avery in all it's colorful glory--his exploits, his survival, his secret double life, and how he inspired the golden age of piracy."--

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  • ISBN: 9781639365951
  • ISBN: 1639365958
  • Physical Description: xix, 265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Timeline -- Preface -- Part One. Dusty treasure -- Disinherited -- The outsider -- On the pirate account -- True-bred merchants -- Part Two. Red sea riches -- Bottomless plunder -- Raping the gunsway -- Strong men of Nassau -- World's end -- India in chains -- Manhunt -- Defending the crown -- Vanishing act -- Part Three. His majesty's secret service -- Spy factory -- State of the union -- Smoke screen -- Hunting treasure -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Further reading -- Notes -- Index.
Subject: Avery, John, active 1695.
Pirates > Great Britain > Biography.
Piracy > Economic aspects.
Espionage > Great Britain.

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Easton Main Library 910.45 K55p (Text) 31901004791283 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 05/31/2024

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