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A guest blog from author Julian Stockwin

Posted on: 03/04/2014 with tags: Britain, British History, eBooks, historical fiction, history, Julian Stockwin, Napoleon, Napoleonic wars, seafaring, Thomas Kydd

I’m really delighted that Hodder is launching the first of four special 3-ebook bundles of the Kydd series today. Looking back over the past thirteen years that I have been writing these books one of the aspects that gives me special pleasure is the bond that has developed between my two main characters, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi. Kydd is a young wigmaker having a quiet ale with his friends in the local pub in Guildford when his life is about to change forever. He is taken by the pres…

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Julie Walker on female pirates in the 18th century

Posted on: 28/11/2013 with tags: 18th century, Anne Bonny, Bahamas, Calico Jack, Caribbean, English History, female pirates, Golden Age of Piracy, Jack Rackham, Mary Read, New Providence, pirates, role of women, seafaring, women in history

On the anniversary of the trial of notorious pirate Calico Jack (November, 1720) – famous for having two women as part of his crew – writer Julie Walker looks back at some of the women who dared to pass as men …  While the role of women was strictly regimented in the 18th century, not all took this to heart. The 18th century press gang is a familiar concept, with the British Navy taking men by force into the service where brutality, terrible conditions and even worse pay were par for the…

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