The Pirate King: The Strange Adventures of Henry Avery and the Birth of the Golden Age of Piracy


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$28.95  $26.92
Pegasus Books
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5.83 X 9.13 X 1.26 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Sean Kingsley is a marine archaeologist who has explored over 350 wrecks from Israel to America. Off the UK he identified the world's earliest Royal African Company English 'slaver' ship. Sean writes for National Geographic and is the founder of Wreckwatch magazine about the world's sunken wonders. He is the author of God's Gold: A Quest for the Lost Temple Treasures of Jerusalem and Enslaved: The Sunken History of the Translatlantic Slave Trade (with Simcha Jacobovici), also available from Pegasus Books.

Rex Cowan is a former lawyer turned shipwreck hunter, author and broadcaster. He served in the Royal Air Force and has a law degree from King's College London and is also a Fulbright scholar. He has since become Britain's most successful shipwreck hunter and worked with John Le Carré on A Century of Images. Photographs by the Gibson Family and Castaway and Wrecked.


Praise for Sean Kinglsey

"Indiana Jones would tip his hat to Kingsley, an intrepid archaeologist."-- "Booklist"
"A fast-paced tale that is part detective story, part travelogue and adventure story."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A very important book. Through shipwrecks and the investigations of a small group of underwater explorers, Jacobovici and Kingsley tell the story of slavery in monstrous, unflinching detail. It's a story that needs to be told and Jacobovici (a brilliant storyteller) and Kingsley (a master maritime archaeologist) give it to us point-blank. It's more than a book; it's a message never to be forgotten."-- "Mensun Bound, director of exploration for the Endurance22 expedition, and author of The Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance
"Enslaved vividly explores these disturbing sunken archeological archives."
-- "Nature"
"An account of the life of a notorious British pirate and the first English novelist as they intersected in the shadowy world of royal espionage. The authors untangle a web of conspiracy and subterfuge to create an engaging story of the golden age of piracy, following the adventures of two enormously enterprising men. An intriguing unraveling of a mystery that 'beggars belief.'"--Kirkus Reviews
"Kingsley and Cowan have pulled together the story of Henry Avery, one of the most colorful yet mysterious pirates of the early eighteenth century. The authors do an excellent job evoking the past and bringing Avery and his milieu to life. Fans of pirate stories will be treated to a rousing tale and in the process will learn about how history and historians work."--Booklist
"In this twisty account, marine archeologist Kingsley and shipwreck hunter Cowan trace the life of 17th-century pirate Henry Avery. [Contains] fascinating descriptions of turn-of-the-18th-century espionage pieced together from archival scraps. A winding yarn."--Publishers Weekly