Barbary Pirate, The Life and Crimes of John Ward, The Most Famous Privateer of his Time

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Barbary Pirate, The Life and Crimes of John Ward, The Most Famous Privateer of his Time

Barbary Pirate, The Life and Crimes of John Ward, The Most Famous Privateer of his Time, by Greg Bak

Published by Sutton in 2006, 225 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N2816)

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The first fifty years of John Ward's life were those of an ordinary seaman. But, in 1603, he celebrated his half-century by leading a mass desertion from the Navy of James I, stealing a vessel, and defecting to the Ottoman Empire's outpost at Tunis. There he set himself up as a privateer under the protection of the Pasha of Tunis; rejuvenating the Muslim Barbary Corsairs and leading them in successful attacks against Christian shipping.

Wealthy as a lord, Ward purchased a palatial mansion and set up a mock court in which he presided over a scruffy band of English and European renegades, issuing decrees and receiving obeisance like a king. But Ward secretly wanted to go home and began negotiations for a pardon with King James I. He failed, and died in 1622 in Tunis

Ward was infamous in Europe - regarded as a Judas to his country - and his conversion to Islam towards the end of his life was the ultimate scandal yet this compelling story reveals a man whose rejection of conventional morality led to power, wealth, and a happy retirement.

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