The novel I’m currently writing has pirates! I am very excited by this, as pirates are a classic element in romance novels.
Here’s what I’ve been reading so far, as research. Links are to Amazon.com.
I started out with this one, a long time ago: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates.
This collection of essays takes a much more academic approach. Bandits at Sea: A Pirates Reader.
I can’t recommend this book enough, if you’re interested in historical pirates in Asia: Pirate of the Far East: 811-1639.
This is perhaps the most valuable book I’ve found so far, overall: Pirates!: Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction, and Legend.
This seemed to be the most detailed of the books on women and piracy: Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors’ Wives.
This will probably be my next purchase: Pirates, Prostitutes and Pullers: Explorations in the Ethno- and Social History of Southeast Asia.
I don’t have this one yet, but it is completely tempting even though it’s not relevant to my book: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge.
Please let me know if you have any recommendations!
Thanks for these! I have a cameo appearance of a pirate in short story I'm currently working on and a couple years back I finished the draft of a pirate novella that I hope to get back to so these are great resources.
Have you taken a look at Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates? Another book I came across was The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers & Rogues.
More for the wishlist!
You’re welcome. :) I’ve been wanting to buy The Pirate Primer ever since it first came out. As much for the pirate terminology as for the fact I love collecting books about words and slang.
What can I say, but Arrrrr!