Blackbeard's pirates liked to read novels


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#2

Or alternatively, Blackbeard’s pirates liked to wad their cannon with pages from whatever was available at the time, including books.


#3

I can’t help but think of this… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUHjVWxo_jg


#4

Sounds like this book was less a “novel” than the closest thing available to an early 18th-Century Lonely Planet guidebook. Something to read not just for entertainment but to have an idea of what one might expect to encounter on a similar voyage.


#5

However, more research will discover they only used these novels to conceal the book of lewd etchings they were actually looking at.


#6

“Yarrr, look at the corsetry on that one! Them whalebone stays are givin’ me a whale of a bone m’self! Arf arf arf.”

-Some Pirate, Probably


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#8

Woodes Rogers was also famous as the Governor of the Bahamas, who hunted Blackbeard and his former captain Charles Vane. It’s likely that Teach did a lot of reading up on Rogers in order to learn as much as he could about his adversary.


#9

Oh no, they had some pretty lewd and explicit stuff in the “olden” days out there. I’d go find some to post, but I am at work.

Hmm - I think the Braum Stoker’s Dracula (the movie) showed some of what was available.


#10

Wait a minute… The US state of North Carolina has a Department of Natural and Cultural Resources?


#11

Maybe It was a graphic novel

https://youtu.be/ts9SKwNV3Cs


#12

Yes, it sure does, and it is pretty badass. I Know A Guy. :wink:


#13

Literally not a novel.


#14

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