What do you do when you’re bored with the genteel life of a plantation owner? You take to the seas and become friends with Blackbeard, of course. Follow the fascinating life – and peculiar choices – of Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, this week on Footnoting History.
Lindley S. Butler, Pirates, Privateers, and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast, University of North Carolina Press, (2000).
Jeremy R. Moss, The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet, Beach: Köehler Books, (2020).
Marcus Rediker, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750, Cambridge University Press, (1987).
The Tryals of Major Stede Bonnet, and Other Pirates, Rose and Crown in St. Paul’s Church Yard, (1719),
Print Engraving from Charles Johnson’s A General History of the Pyrates c. 1725.
Stede Bonnet's Flag.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)