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Alliance of Pirates by Connie Kelleher

The Alliance of Pirates: Ireland and Atlantic Piracy in the Early Seventeenth Century

Connie Kelleher

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Cork University Press
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 10 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781782053651
4 stars out of 5
David Dickson
17 Jun 2020

"The Alliance of Pirates is an admirably comprehensive survey of this literature"

Its appearance now as a sumptuously illustrated and moderately priced publication is an indication that pirate history sells – and so it should. It is, however, a difficult story to tell. Kelleher approaches it thematically. Perhaps a chronological narrative would have made it easier to follow. And the evidence, some of it drawn from officialdom covering its tracks, some from legal examinations and depositions that cannot be corroborated, is tantalising but often incomplete, sometimes contradictory. Kelleher is forced to speculate much of the time.