The Forgotten History of Women Pirates

The author of “Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas,” Laura Sook Duncombe came up with the concept of this new book quite simply. A fan of the movie “Hook,” Duncombe simply wondered where all the female pirates were. Her book explores the history of several women—including Moroccan pirate queen Sayyida al-Hurra and ancient Norse princess Alfhild. “But Duncombe’s book does more than revel in the mystery and infamy of lady pirates,” The Smithsonian’s Lorraine Boissoneault says, “It contextualizes them, providing history and background on the societies they came from.”