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A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.

A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.
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A podcast about the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean, the real men and women that threatened the trade and stability of the Old World empires, the forces that led them to piracy and the myths and stories they inspired.

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English


Episodes

Episode 95 - Pride Cometh Part 2

11/26/2018
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John Ward returned to Tunis with problems piling up. His greatest ship was gone, along with hundreds of his sailors. And soon, he lost his greatest ally, Uthman Dey. So, we discuss the steps he took following that return. And I get annoyed with my sources. Like, really annoyed. In fact, that's most of the episode.

Duration:00:53:43

Episode 94 - Pride Cometh Part 1

11/19/2018
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Today we're going to discuss the fall of what was once the top sea power in the world. The Republic of Venice replaced the Byzantine Empire as the primary check on Ottoman sea power. So, why weren't they players in the Age of Exploration? Today we look at one of the major factors in her decline.

Duration:00:29:10

Episode 93 - Bound to a Dead Man's Back

11/11/2018
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The news that John Ward was dead sent ripples throughout the Mediterranean world, and narrowly avoided calamity. However, the question remained, what happened out there?

Duration:00:46:50

Episode 92 - Impending Peril

10/31/2018
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Relations between England & Venice continued to unravel in the face of English pirates like Jack Ward attacking Venetian shipping. The task of circumventing a war fell on the shoulders of two diplomats, neither of whom were up to the task. Both failed in their missions, in very different ways. However, the realities of seafaring life saved their missions by taking away the very cause of all that international tension.

Duration:01:05:26

Episode 91 - Honest Gentlemen Sent to Lie

10/26/2018
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The aftermath of John Ward's capture of the Reniera e Soderina caused diplomatic relations to break down between England and Venice. Dealing with that fallout, as well as the fate of John Ward, rested in the hands of two European diplomats.

Duration:00:40:47

Episode 90 - Of Angels & Devils

10/19/2018
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The saga of the English Merchantman Charity was only just beginning when she was attacked by three Pirate ships of John Ward's fleet. We're going to follow Captain Bannister and his crew on their fateful journey. And we will look at Zymen Danseker and his first consequential raids in the Mediterranean.

Duration:00:48:39

Episode 89 - Death & Destiny

10/9/2018
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Sir Anthony Shirley was an English nobleman turned soldier turned privateer turned (or at least accused of being a) pirate. But then his affairs ran afoul of that English Arch-Pirate John Ward. Ward was back on the prowl, and his next exploit would create even larger ripples than the capture of Reniera e Soderina.

Duration:01:09:03

Episode 88 - Diabolical Designs

9/30/2018
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We're talking about two new pirates on today's episode. Somehow I turn that conversation into one of class bias, historical accuracy, and 400 year old international conspiracy theories.

Duration:00:46:48

Episode 87 - That Perfidious Pirate

9/25/2018
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Jack Ward sets out on his first cruises from Tunis into the Mediterranean. His successes mirror those of Barbarossa or Francis Drake. And then he happens upon a ship that will make him infamous the world over.

Duration:00:52:40

Episode 86 - Wicked Purposes

9/18/2018
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Today we discuss how a pirate might have talked in 1600, and then we follow John Ward to Algiers where he gained a famous reputation and influenced a famous name.

Duration:00:52:09

Episode 85 - Anarchy In The Maghreb

9/11/2018
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The Maghreb was a fertile location for outright piracy at the turn of the 17th century. No national, monarchical, or imperial power held sway there thanks to mutiny, revolution, and what some have called anarchist sensibilities.

Duration:00:44:30

Episode 84 - The Thieves' Path

8/31/2018
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The first decade of the 17th century saw an explosion of Mediterranean piracy that was unlike anything the world had ever seen. Today we will introduce the first of these pirates and discuss the culture of privateering and piracy that led to a sea change in how violence on the sea was conducted.

Duration:00:51:52

Episode 83 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Amsterdam

8/26/2018
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Our story today bridges three different stories. The Sephardi Jews that made their way to Amsterdam, the Barbary Corsairs, and the Dutch in revolt all meet in today's story thanks to one mariner who was a pirate, a diplomat, a merchant, and a spy.

Duration:00:57:48

Episode 82 - The Drawn Sword of Islam

8/22/2018
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In the wake of the death of Barbarossa a number of corsairs vied for his position, but only one commander commanded the respect of the men, the trust of the Sultan, and the love of the late Khizr. Turgut Reis became known in Europe as Dragut. On Barbary he was called The Drawn Sword of Islam.

Duration:00:56:35

Episode 81 - From What Seas Are Ye Come?

8/14/2018
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The aftermath of Preveza was contentious, but Barbarossa and his closest allies worked to secure Ottoman hegemony in the Mediterranean.

Duration:00:56:18

Episode 80 - Scourge of Christendom

7/31/2018
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The defeat at Tunis was a major blow to Barbarossa, but he would retaliate with a scourge of piracy that dwarfed any that had come before. The Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor had to answer his challenge and did so in the last great sea battle fought with oars and galleys.

Duration:01:02:33

Episode 79 - A Carnival of Murder & Looting

7/27/2018
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The contest for the Mediterranean reaches a fever pitch as Barbarossa ravages the shores of Italy and then returns to Africa. Charles V realizes his mistake in ignoring the younger Barbarossa brother, and decides to rectify the situation in the city of Tunis.

Duration:00:41:35

Episode 78 - Sovereign of the Mediterranean

7/19/2018
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Today we introduce the major players in the building conflict. We talk about Charles V & Suleiman the Magnificent. We talk about Khizr Barbarossa and his Italian raids that culminated in one of Renaissance Italy's greatest tales. We discuss Sinan Reis, who the Portuguese called 'The Great Jew' and his personal war on Spanish shipping that brought Mediterranean trade to a virtual halt. And then we introduce the last major player. Andrea Doria, a Genoese mercenary who turned down a crown to...

Duration:00:51:29

Episode 77 - Holy War

7/12/2018
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Charles V arrives in Oman with ten thousand soldiers to face off against the Pirate King Barbarossa. Within months of his arrival territories have changed hands and most of the major players have changed. Soon enough it was an entirely new crop of soldiers and sailors and commanders facing off in an ancient contest.

Duration:00:43:11

Episode 76 - The Brothers Barbarossa

7/8/2018
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Our story today is the pinnacle of piracy in the career of the Barbarossa brothers. Their actions, combined with Ottoman and Spanish policies, brought and end to their pirate career. But they were transformed into something more.

Duration:00:44:53