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Pirates: Rogues' Gallery [Hardcover]

John Matthews
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2 April 2007
Who were the real pirates of the Caribbean (and elsewhere)? Following on from the "New York Times" number one bestseller "Pirates", comes "Pirates: Rogues' Gallery", in which we come face to face with some of the most villainous and scurrilous rogues ever to sail the seven seas. Included are Captain Henry Morgan, who began his career as a pirate and ended as Governor of Jamaica; the notorious Blackbeard, who terrorized the Caribbean and the Atlantic seaboard of America until he met his end in a dramatic shoot-out with Captain Richard Maynard; Captain Kidd, whose legendary treasure is still sought after; and William Dampier, best known today as a pioneering explorer, but who began his adventures as a privateer on the Spanish Main. It also includes special pull out items including a pirate's journal and a fold-out pistol.


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844420752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844420759
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 23.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hi. I'm John Matthews. I've written nearly a 100 books over the last 30 years or so. Books about many things. Pirates, King Arthur and the Grail Quest, Faeries, Robin Hood,and many more. I love folklore, history and film and I recently began writing for movies and TV, creating documentaries, TV scripts and motion pictures. I write in collaboration with many of my dearest friends, including Wil Kinghan, Ari Berk,and David Franzoni, and with some of the finest artists in the world, including Brian Froud, Charles Vess and Alan Lee. I have also written many books with my partner Caitlin Matthews, with whom I sometimes think I share a brain, and who knows what I'm thinking before I think it. I'm also beginning to collaborate with our son, the actor Emrys Matthews, with whom we wrote the wonderful Teen Oracle. I recently began to write books for younger readers, including graphic novels and the fabulous StoryWorld series. Writing so many books has always been hard work and it continues to be so, but I love the act of creation and cannot imagine ever doing anything else. I'm greatful to all the countless people who have read my books, especially those who made my book on Pirates a New York Times best seller in 2006. There are many more books to come, so I hope you'll keep reading, and keep pestering your booksellers to stock them!

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John Matthews is the author of numerous books including number one New York Times bestseller Pirates. He has devoted much of the past 30 years to the study of Arthurian legend and of myth in general. Much in demand as a speaker, both in Europe and the USA, he has taught at (among others) the Temenos Academy in London, St Hilda's College, Oxford, the New York Open Centre, the Omega Centre and at the University of Seattle in Washington.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Resource and Just Plain Fun 21 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is an attractively put together book on the history and details of pirate life. I have been searching for a resource on the subject that presents information on pirates in such a way as to not seem tedious and boring, but instead inspiring and fun (which, as we all know--pirates are fun!). With all the interest sparked on the pillaging bands of men, and sometimes women, with recent films this volume is a must have for anyone with an interest in pirates. Of course, it would obviously appeal to children and is definitely appropriate for that tender age group, but adults can also find much to appreciate.

Meant to be a fun, yet brief overview of pirate life in general, if anyone is wanting more detailed information on a specific aspect of pirate life and history, this is likely still a good starting point for your research. It covers everything from modes of dress,the weapons they used and specific types of pirate ships (especially useful for me, as I had no idea of the names for them in the first place!) to a nice selection of some of the more notoriously known pirates in history and the type of treatment they could expect after capture. There are loads of little tidbits of information besides the main paragraphs, stashed underneath pictures in captions too, so look closely. The book is also slightly interactive with bits of papers and notes that one can pull out and actually hold, such as a privateer's license. So if you're interested in a book on pirates that presents information in an interesting, completely un-textbook-like format, this is the book for you. A treasured item on my bookshelf for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Pirates' life for me 14 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Lavishly illustrated and nicely detailed, this hardcover book would make a great gift. I loved the little touches such as the 'rubies' set in the eye-sockets of the skull and crossbones on the front, and have had hours of fun with this book myself (despite buying it for my son!).
Reasonably priced on here, even taking postage into account (it's a pretty big book), and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 17 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Its a very attractive looking book, especially when you turn each page and the design layout. Its very piratey! Lots of great information. I loved it!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved it! 14 Jun 2006
By Hotchip
Format:Hardcover
This book is both informative and entertaining, fantastic layout and artefacts - a real treat.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Resource and Just Plain Fun 21 July 2006
By K. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an attractively put together book on the history and details of pirate life. I have been searching for a resource on the subject that presents information on pirates in such a way as to not seem tedious and boring, but instead inspiring and fun (which, as we all know--pirates are fun!). With all the interest sparked on the pillaging bands of men, and sometimes women, with recent films this volume is a must have for anyone with an interest in pirates. Of course, it would obviously appeal to children and is definitely appropriate for that tender age group, but adults can also find much to appreciate.

Meant to be a fun, yet brief overview of pirate life in general, if anyone is wanting more detailed information on a specific aspect of pirate life and history, this is likely still a good starting point for your research. It covers everything from modes of dress,the weapons they used and specific types of pirate ships (especially useful for me, as I had no idea of the names for them in the first place!) to a nice selection of some of the more notoriously known pirates in history and the type of treatment they could expect after capture. There are loads of little tidbits of information besides the main paragraphs, stashed underneath pictures in captions too, so look closely. The book is also slightly interactive with bits of papers and notes that one can pull out and actually hold, such as a privateer's license. So if you're interested in a book on pirates that presents information in an interesting, completely un-textbook-like format, this is the book for you. A treasured item on my bookshelf for sure!

Breakdown of sections (two page spreads per section):
*History (with a nice photo of Wil Turner and Captain Jack Sparrow for all you fans)
*Dress Code
*Ships and Flags
*Life on Board
*Pirate Gallery (Short bios about famous pirates)
*Pirate Lore (setting pirate myths straight)
*Pirate Attack! (What it was like when pirates pillaged/ sieged, the G rated version)
*Treasure
*Life on Land (What pirates did for "fun" while not on ship)
*Capture and Trial
*Punishment (safe for the kids--no gory details)
*Fiction
*Timeline
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiver Me Timbers 9 Nov 2006
By John Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book about pirates, with just the right atmosphere for the subject. The skull on the cover has a jewel set into an eye socket and there are many things for children to discover inside. There are authentic looking documents that can be removed from envelopes and hidden pockets, including maps and proclamations. It has a wealth of information about well-known pirates and their Jolly Roger flag designs, weapons, ships and other historical information. Be warned that there are images that may be disturbing to younger children, especially in the "Punishment" section (although they don't seem to affect my son, who is 3!).
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Be a Hit with Pirate Lovin' Youngsters: 19 July 2006
By Bart King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
1. Read laudatory book review of PIRATES praising it for its graphic appeal and "high nutritional value" regarding historical information.

2. Take advantage of seven-year-old nephew's birthday to purchase PIRATES. Note book's handsome packaging, heavy-duty pages, and clever interactive features,

3. Deliver gift to nephew. Slyly watch as he first gleefully, and then most seriously, begins investigating its contents. Revel in the glory of being "the coolest uncle ever." Try to steal book back later to read it some more.

4. Thank John Matthews for making all of this possible.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for pirate lovers - parents of easily frightened young ones should take caution 11 Aug 2006
By Pam S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 4 year old son who LOVES pirates right now after viewing the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and seeing the "Tall Ships" on the Great Lakes. I was afraid he would be scared by the pirates turning into skeletons, etc. but he was not - in fact he wanted to watch it again and again. So when I saw this book I knew he'd love it, and he does. Every night before bed he takes out all the separate letters and cards, has me read them, then puts them back in their envelopes. He also has me read all the different types of ships over and over again - he can now name some ship types by memory. This book is very well laid out - even I find the information very interesting and learned things I did not know.

I did want to point out that although the age range given for the book is 4-8, I know some 4 year olds that may be frightened by some of the images and material. There is an illustration of a pirate holding the head of an apparently slain enemy (a few heads actually), a picture of Captain Kid hanging from a noose, and there is a section about punishments that can be unsettling for a squeamish child. The book is beautifully done, but this is definitely not a learn to read book - in some places and most of the interactive pieces the font is a very small and ornate and can be difficult to read.

Again we love this book and it will be in our collection for a long time. For most it should be fine but wanted those with younger ones to know what to expect.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY WELL ILLUSTRATED 1 Jun 2006
By nola77 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My five year old found this book recently at a bookstore, and couldn't put it down. The illustrations are detailed and very appropriate to the period and subject. The pull-outs of the map,tiny newspapers, etc. are very detailed and realistic. The pages are full of things like: terminology (find out what a 'dead man's chest' really means!), what a pirate wears, and where pirates sailed.

I rated it four stars because no matter what---$19.95 is very pricey for a kids' book.
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