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This review is from: Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean, Second Edition (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book after hearing it mentioned on the TV programme QI. The book is well written and covers very interesting subject matter, with some good scene setting to show events in a historical context. The author makes the following points that sodomy was pretty much the norm in the pirate world because
1. Lack of women
2. Men with homosexual tendencies choosing this life.
3. Less condemnation of sodomy among the general population than there is in the modern world.
These points are well made, but after the umpteenth time he had stated these points, I began to wish he would stop banging on about them!
However, it's an interesting read, and packed with insights into how pirating came about, and the political, cultural and financial ramifications of piracy in the 17th century and beyond.