Seafaring Women Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives
By David Cordingly
Paperback, 286 pp.
From the Publisher:
For centuries, the sea has been regarded as an exclusively male domain, but in this enthralling book, maritime historian David Cordingly shows that an astonishing number of women have answered the ocean's hypnotic call. Some earned their keep in plunder as sword-wielding pirates; some traveled as the wives or mistresses of captains or were smuggled aboard by officers or seamen; some even dressed in men's clothes and worked alongside sailors for months, even years, without ever revealing their sex. Cordingly also vividly recounts legends of sultry sirens, stories of dedicated lighthouse keepers, and heartwarming tales of wives and mistresses who waited patiently for their men to return safely from the sea. A landmark work of women's history as well as a spectacularly entertaining collection of true stories, "Seafaring Women" will suprise and delight.
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