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Pirates-lnks – 12/7/04


Web links to info on medieval Wales by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.


NOTE: See also the files: pirates-msg, med-ships-art, ship-measure-msg, ships-bib, ships-msg, travel-foods-msg, travel-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that

I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some

messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium.

These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I  have done  a limited amount  of editing. Messages having to do  with

seperate topics  were sometimes split into different files and sometimes

extraneous information was removed. For instance, the  message IDs  were

removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I

make  no claims  as  to the accuracy  of  the information  given  by the

individual authors.


Please  respect the time  and efforts of  those who have written  these

messages. The  copyright status of these messages  is  unclear  at this

time. If  information  is published  from  these  messages, please give

credit to the orignator(s).


Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

    mark.s.harris at motorola.com            stefan at florilegium.org



From: Lis <liontamr at ptd.net>

Date: Thu Oct 2, 2003 8:27:41 PM US/Central

To: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>

Subject: Links: Pirates


Greetings! <<warning: a joke cometh>>Do you know where Pirate Captains stow

their Buccaneers? Under their Buckin' hats!


It being the month of outrageous costumes, I have chosen Pirates as this

week's Links topic. I must confess that I have a photo of Captain Jack

Sparrow on my desk top. The sparrow being the heraldic Cockney beastie (I am

a creature of distinctly Cockney origins), I thought his portrayal quite

apt. Not all Pirates are Historical to our era of study---but a lot of them



Below you will find a list of 20 or so links, some of them in fun, that

relate to Piracy in some way, and also somewhat through our time period. Be

sure to check out your Pirate Name at the website, discover a bit about

Pirate Navigation, Pirate Law, Pirate Wrecks, and more.


Be sure to pass this along to those who will find it interesting, and be

sure to pirate it away from those who will be offended.




Iron Bess Vane (or Aoife, as I am more commonly known)


Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon



What's My Pirate Name?


A fun quiz to determine your true "Pirate Name." Mine is Iron Bess Vane.

Make of it what you will :)


Medieval Pirates


(Site Excerpt) An ongoing site with articles and links on pirates as they

apply to the Middle Ages and the SCA. Medieval Pirate Information.

Associated Nautical Information. Pirate Websites (many have post-1600

info).Flag Information.


The History of Pirates by Angus Konstam (A book review)


(Site Excerpt) This book chronicles the violence, bravery, danger, and

cruelty of those who have taken to the sea in search of wealth. It covers

thousands of years--from ancient Greece and Rome to the Spanish Main to

modern pirates. It has a pirate timeline, plus individual maps showing where

each of the featured pirates operated. And it's written by pirate authority

Angus Konstam, former curator of Arms and Armour at the Tower of London and

now the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West.


Pirates! Fact and Legend



Biographies of Famous Pirates (booklist)



Mr Donn's  World History of Pirates (about 1/3 down the page--lots of other

good medieval and renaissance life lessons here, as well)


(Site Excerpt) Includes: Step Lively Matey - There be Pirates afoot!

Pirates Lesson Plans

The Dark Frigate (lesson plan, pirates, Newberry Award winner)

Pirates Homepage from Rochedale School

Pirates: Student Projects and Reports from Capt John Smith Elem

Pirates (clickable worksheet)

Corny Pirate Riddles (shockwave from Clevermedia)

Pirates (national geographic interactive)

Pirates Theme Page (CLN)


YoHo! It be them medieval Pirates! (semi-tongue in cheek)


(Site Excerpt) Some instances of Medieval Piracy or conflict over sea-trade:

In 1217, after young Henry III became king, his main men William Marshall

and Hubert DeBurgh defended his kingdom. While Marshall, Ranulf de

Blundeville and French mercenary Falkes de Breautˇ fought the invading

French knights and soldiers on land, De Burgh and King John's illegitimate

son Richard Fitz-John routed the French reinforcements at sea at Sandwich,

defeating naval captain Eustace the Monk, a French mercenary and probable

pirate, who was executed and his head exhibited on a spear.


Medieval Sourcebook

Three Sources on the Ravages of the Northmen in Frankland, c. 843 - 912


(Site Excerpt) 843 A.D. Pirates of the Northmen's race came to Nantes,

killed the bishop and many of the clergy and laymen, both men and women, and

pillaged the city. Thence they set out to plunder the lands of lower

Aquitaine. At length they arrived at a certain island [the isle of Rhˇ, near

La Rochelle, north of the mouth of the Garonne], and carried materials

thither from the mainland to build themselves houses; and they settled there

for the winter, as if that were to be their permanent dwelling-place.


Ye Bibliographic Buccaneer



Pirate Image Archive



Delaware Art Museum's Guide to Howard Pyle - Pirates



Dirty Rotten Pirates Links Page



Pirates and Privateers

By Cindy Vallar


(Site Excerpt) WELCOME to Pirates and Privateers: The History of Maritime

Piracy! Join me each month as I investigate the world of pirates, past and

present, and introduce you to infamous swashbucklers in search of treasure.


A Guide to Maritime Research on the Internet


(Site Excerpt) Welcome to my web pages on Maritime History on the Internet.

I hope to create a site that guides visitors in methods of doing maritime

history research on the internet. Throughout these pages, you'll see that I

believe you must use print resources and libraries to do comprehensive

research, but as resources become available on the internet I hope to

highlight them and bring them to your attention here.





(Site Excerpt) By the dawn of the sixteenth century, the ancient art of

navigation had begun to develop rapidly in response to oceanic explorers who

needed to find their positions without landmarks, to determine the locations

of their discoveries, and to establish routes between the new-found lands

and home. Although the relationship of certain heavenly bodies to time of

day and terrestrial directions had been known since ancient times, the first

two decades of the sixteenth century saw the rigorous application of

astronomy and mathematics to navigation. The new learning met the New World.


Wreck databases and lists



Tudor Navigation and Seamanship (MaryRose site)

Synthesis of an article by the late Peter Whitlock


(Site Excerpt) Navigational science of the period was a rather hit or miss

affair, particularly out of sight of land, and was basically to remain so

until the mid 18th century. The tools of the pilot or navigator in Tudor

times were relatively crude. The spyglass, later to be called the telescope,

did not evolve until the early part of the 17th century, and a means of

scientifically anticipating the weather was not available until the arrival

of the barometer in 1643. No adequate survey of the British coastline

existed until the the end of the 16th century.


Magnetic Declination Charts for Historical Epochs


(Site Excerpt) Researchers in the history of cartography, navigation,

exploration and geomagnetism are well aware of the fact that a compass

needle on Earth only approximately points to true North. As the geomagnetic

poles lie at some distance from the geographical poles, the deviation of the

compass needle (known as the 'magnetic variation' by mariners and 'magnetic

declination' by geophysicists) can vary considerably over the Earth's

surface and can be directed either to the East (positive) or to the West



Stefan's Florilegium: Pirates throughout the Middle Ages


(Site Excerpt from a message on the subject of Pirates)  In the period

1200-1300CE, you could easily have been an English pirate

almost anywhere in the European world. In the eastern Med, as a holdover

from a Crusade, former Saracen prisoner, or participant in the wars

involving the shattered Byzantine Empire, the Turks, Venice, and the

Frankish Morea. in the western Med, the dispute between Aragon and the HRE

over Sicily, the continuing wars between Christian and Muslim, the wars

among the Italian cities In the Atlantic, the disputes between the English

and French (cf earlier message re Eustace), the wars between England and

Scotland. and in the Baltic, the various disputes among the Hansa cities,

the Scandinavian kingdoms. Basically, whereever there was trade by sea,

there have been those who made a living by piracy or privateering. So --

choose where and when you want to be; as long as you have the sea, you

have pirates in our period


Pirate punishments and pirate sexuality

Punishments for buccaneers, outlaws and masculine antiheroes by squaddie

John © 2003


(Site Excerpt) The seventeenth century pirates lived by their own rules

outside the law. In the times of the Royal Navy's press gangs, "going

pirate" had considerable appeal for those who had nothing more to loose; it

meant jumping ship naval or merchant. Pirates weren't lawless - pirate crews

had pirates' rules and ship's agreements. These varied between communes

where the rule was "one for all and all for one", including sharing the

proceeds of piracy and raids. Life on-board ships run by the well-known

pirate captains were mostly benign dictatorships run by consent rather than

coercion. Pirate captains who attempted to perpetuate their rule as complete

tyrants were mostly cruelly disposed of after mutinies of pirate ships



Copyright 2003 by Lisbeth Herr-Gelatt, RR 1 Box 500F Honesdale, PA 18431. <liontamr at ptd.net>. Permission is granted for republication in SCA-related publications, provided the author is credited and receives a copy.


If this article is reprinted in a publication, I would appreciate a notice in the publication that you found this article in the Florilegium. I would also appreciate an email to myself, so that I can track which articles are being reprinted. Thanks. -Stefan.


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Comments to the Editor: stefan at florilegium.org