THE LEGENDARY BLACK BART
ROBERTS is reminded for bringing transatlantic shipping virtually to a standstill and for
commanding multinational crews of feed black slaves and senior pirates who called
themselves 'The House of Lords'. Ranging across the seas from Europe to the Americas and
back to Africa, 'The Great Pyrate' took over 400 ships in his brief career (the notorious
pirates, Blackbeard and Captain Kidd took only about 30 between them).
In this absorbing
account of the intriguing like of Black Bart (who first went to sea as Bartholomew
portrays a pirate who was no mere gap-toothed swashbuckling drunkard, but a teetotal
Christian who dressed in red silks from head to toe, wore the tremendous diamond cross of
the King or Portugal, and ordered his musicians to play hymns on Sundays. His death in
battle 1722 was followed by the greatest pirate trial of all time.
Glyndŵr Publishing (Wales Books)