Author Laura Sook Duncombe at Southlake B&N



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Barnes & Noble
1430 Plaza Place
Southlake, Texas 76092

Event Details:

Laura Sook Duncombe, author of

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes,

And Privateers Who Ruled the

Seven Seas


Reading and Q&A discussion

Thursday, April 20th

6:00 pm

Barnes & Noble

1430 Plaza Place

Southlake, TX 76092


This event is free and open to the public


More about the book:

In the first-ever Seven Seas history of the world's female buccaneers, Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the story of women, both real and legendary, who through the ages sailed alongside—and sometimes in command of—their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom. History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers, until now. Here are their stories, from ancient Norse princess Alfhild and warrior Rusla to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs; from Grace O'Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; to Cheng I Sao, who commanded a fleet of four hundred ships off China in the early nineteenth century. Author Laura Sook Duncombe also looks beyond the stories to the storytellers and mythmakers. What biases and agendas motivated them? What did they leave out? Pirate Women explores why and how these stories are told and passed down, and how history changes depending on who is recording it. It's the most comprehensive overview of women pirates in one volume and chock-full of swashbuckling adventures that pull these unique women from the shadows into the spotlight that they deserve.


More about the author:

Laura Sook Duncombe is a lawyer and a writer whose work on women pirates has appeared on Jezebel. She lives with her husband and son in Virginia.