Web links to info on medieval Wales by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
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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 :)
(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
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.
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.
NAVIGATION AND RELATED INSTRUMENTS
IN 16TH-CENTURY ENGLAND
(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.