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David Cordingly

David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford, and the renowned author of the definitive book on pirates, Under the Black Flag, as well as Seafaring Women and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. Cordingly lives with his wife by the sea in Sussex, England.


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Pirate Hunter of the Caribbean
Written by David Cordingly
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | September 2012
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8017-2 (0-8129-8017-4)

From renowned pirate historian David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag and film consultant for the original Pirates of the Caribbean, comes the thrilling story of Captain Woodes Rogers, the avenging nemesis of the worst cutthroats ever to terrorize the high seas. Once a marauding privateer himself, Woodes Rogers went... Read more






Seafaring Women
Written by David Cordingly
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | March 2002
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75872-0 (0-375-75872-0)

For centuries, the sea has been regarded as a male domain, but in this illuminating historical narrative, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows that an astonishing number of women went to sea in the great age of sail. Some traveled as the wives or mistresses of captains; others were smuggled aboard by... Read more






Under the Black Flag
Written by David Cordingly
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | May 2006
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7722-6 (0-8129-7722-X)

For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a... Read more






Treasure Island
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, Introduction by David Cordingly
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2001
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75682-5 (0-375-75682-5)

Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by... Read more





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