The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

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ISBN13: 9780755311316
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This is a tale of swashbuckling adventure on the high seas of the 17th century. Captain William Kidd was not actually a pirate, but employed by King William III to track down pirates and requisition their treasure - the semi-legal role of the "privateer". As a counterpoint to his story, Zacks also tells the forgotten story of his great rival, Robert Culliford, an utterly ruthless buccaneer who flew a blood red flag which signified "no mercy" and whose surgeon was named Jon Death. Kidd's and Culliford's paths were to cross again and again during the course of their lives, but in a tale of double-crossing, betrayal and political scandal, the outcome was not as expected. One of these men would end up hanging on the gallows of the London dockside; the other would walk away with the treasure.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 432
Item Height 40 mm
Item Width 158 mm
Item Weight 761 Gram
Product Dimensions 158 x 40 x 236
Publisher Headline Review
Format Hardcover | 432

Blood and thunder on the high seas of the 17th century. Captain William Kidd was in fact a 'privateer' not a pirate - employed by King William III to undertake a semi-legal secret mission to track down pirates and recover their spoils (keeping their booty for himself and his high-born investors, naturally). As a counterpoint to this, Richard Zacks fascinatingly details the forgotten story of Kidd's great rival, Robert Culliford, a ruthless buccaneer who flew a blood-red flag which signified 'no mercy' and whose surgeon was named Jon Death. Kidd's and Culliford's paths were to cross again and again during the course of their lives, but in a tale of double-crossing, betrayal and political scandal, the outcome was surprising. Zacks brings a colourful period of history to vivid life.

Richard Zacks has spent three years researching the true story of Kidd, following in his footsteps and patiently sitting through the hundreds of pages of trial transcripts, letters and log books that still survive.