The Ruby of Kishmoor by Howard Pyle

Author: Howard Pyle
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,681 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.9
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 1,150
Added to site: 2005.12.08 12107

Genre: Pirate Tales

s unique alike both for its prodigious size and the splendor of its color. This precious jewel the Rajah of Kishmoor had, upon a certain occasion, bestowed upon his Queen, and at the time of her capture she wore it as the centre-piece of a sort of a coronet which encircled her forehead and brow.

The seizure by the pirate of so considerable a person as that of the Queen of Kishmoor, and of the enormous treasure that he found aboard her ship, would alone have been sufficient to have established his fame. But the capture of so extraordinary a prize as that of the ruby–which was, in itself, worth the value of an entire Oriental kingdom–exalted him at once to the very highest pinnacle of renown.

Having achieved the capture of this incredible prize, our captain scuttled the great ship and left her to sink with all on board. Three Lascars of the crew alone escaped to bear the news of this tremendous disaster to an astounded world.

As may readily be supposed, it was now no longer possible for Captain Kei

Sans-peur le corsaire by Gabriel de la Landelle

Author: Gabriel de la Landelle
Published: 1886
Language: French
Wordcount: 92,635 / 324 pg
LoC Category: PQ

Downloads: 784
Added to site: 2007.08.08 17870

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Pirate Tales


Avant même qu’il se fût jeté au devant de l’étalon fougueux, la hache de maître Taillevent frappait le câble, le foc était orienté de nouveau, et, trompant l’attente des naufrageurs, le Lion secouait sa crinière d’écume en gouvernant vers le mouillage qu’il avait abandonné la veille au coucher du soleil.

–Quel homme! quel homme! mille noms d’un tremblement à la voile! s’écria l’alerte maître d’équipage quand la manoeuvre fut achevée. Il sauta pis qu’un baril de poudre, foi de matelot! Tout le connaît, le feu, l’eau, la brise carabinée, tout, jusqu’à la terre, jusqu’aux chevaux…

–Pardonnerez, maître,–osa répondre Camuset le novice, qui, malgré les usages républicains, ne se serait pas permis de tutoyer son ancien et supérieur;–pardonnerez! Le cheval n’a guère eu goût à la connaissance,

La fille du pirate by Émile Chevalier

Author: Émile Chevalier
Language: French
Wordcount: 55,181 / 198 pg
LoC Category: PQ

Downloads: 1,190
Added to site: 2006.05.17 13612
Genres: Fiction and Literature, Pirate Tales


A la voûte céleste couraient des petits nuages diaphanes, derrières lesquels la lune mirait son disque argenté. Plus uni qu’une glace était l’Océan, réfléchissant, dans sa transparence, la coupole de l’empirée.

O nuit d’amour, de langueur, de volupté!

Cependant une masse sombre, informe, se dressait au milieu de l’Atlantique.

L’onde clapotait à petit bruit autour, et formait de légères franges d’écume, qui allaient en dégradant insensiblement, et finissaient par se confondre dans le bleu de la plaine liquide.

Cette masse, c’était la carcasse de l’Alcyon.

Après avoir dépouillé le brick, les corsaires l’avaient abandonné à la grâce de Dieu.

Et toujours l’onde clapotait à petit bruit autour et formait de légères franges d’écume, qui allaient en dégradant

La piraterie dans l’antiquité by Jules-M. Sestier

Author: Jules-M. Sestier
Published: 1880
Language: French
Wordcount: 70,062 / 293 pg
LoC Category: D

Downloads: 1,406
Added to site: 2006.07.18 14164
Genres: History, Pirate Tales

r les jurisconsultes. Nous voyons dans Homère que l’on demandait ingénument aux voyageurs inconnus, abordant sur quelque côte, s’ils étaient marchands ou pirates. Thucydide, le grave historien, nous fournira d’abondantes preuves que les Grecs se livraient à la piraterie aussi bien que les barbares. C’était une profession avouée.

Qu’était-ce donc que la piraterie dans les temps qu’on est convenu d’appeler préhistoriques, et à quelles causes faut-il en attribuer l’origine? Pour répondre à ces questions, il est bon de remonter jusqu’à l’état primitif de la société humaine. «L’homme était né nu et sans protection; il était moins capable que la plupart des animaux de se nourrir des fruits et des herbes que la nature fait sortir de son sein; mais l’homm

The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France

Author: Anatole France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault)
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,085 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.7
LoC Category: PQ

Downloads: 1,577
Added to site: 2008.05.10 20828

Genres: Short Story, Pirate Tales, Fiction and Literature

loved, and the latter, in a transport of jealousy, ran her through with his sword. A few hours later the unfortunate lady was there found dead by one of the castle servants, and the fear inspired by the room increased.

Poor Bluebeard, learning at one blow of his ample dishonour, and the tragic death of his wife, did not console himself for the latter misfortune by any consideration of the former. He had loved Blanche de Gibeaumez with a strange ardour, more dearly than he had loved Jeanne de La Cloche, Gigonne Traignel, or even Colette Passage. On learning that she had consistently betrayed him, and that now she would never betray him again, he experienced a grief and a mental perturbation which, far from being appeased, daily increased in violence. So intolerable were his sufferings that he contracted a malady which caused his life to be despaired of.

The physicians, having employed various medicines without effect, advised him that the only remedy proper to his complaint was to take a young w

Blackbeard: Buccaneer by Ralph Delahaye Paine

Author: Ralph Delahaye Paine
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 72,819 / 211 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77
LoC Categories: PS, PZ

Downloads: 6,092
Added to site: 2008.05.15 20898

Genres: Pirate Tales, Fiction and Literature, Young Readers

s gait. He was stout-bodied and the heat of the day oppressed him. Mopping his face with a lace handkerchief or fanning himself with his hat, he halted now and then in a shady spot. Very mindful of his rank and dignity was Mr. Peter Arbuthnot Forbes, sometime London barrister, at present Secretary to the Council of the Province.

He differed from some of his neighbors in that he abominated pirates and would have given them short shift. A trifle near-sighted, he was quite close to the tavern before he espied his own nephew and ward, Jack Cockrell, in this shameful company of roisterers. The august uncle blinked, opened his mouth, and turned as red as a lobster. Indignation choked his speech. For his part, Jack stood dumfounded and quaking, the picture of a coward with a guilty conscience. He would have tried to steal from sight but it was too late.

Captain Stede Bonnet enjoyed the tableau and several of his wicked sailors were mimicking the pompous strut of Mr. Peter Arbuthnot Forbes. Poor Jack mu

Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams

Author: Robert Moore Williams
Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,720 / 54 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.1
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 1,111
Added to site: 2010.05.14 27731

Genres: Short Story, Post-1930, Pirate Tales

hark. They reminded him of the expression in Dr. Yammer’s eyes, except that the shark’s eyes looked more honest.

“And then?” Mercedes said, very softly.

“She–vanished,” Parker said. “Yammer was going to stick her into a hospital, use something that he called ‘shock’ on her, maybe operate. She ran away.”

“Did you try to find her, Beel?”

“For asking that question, Mercedes, I ought to choke you!” Parker said hotly. “I hunted high and low. All we knew for certain was that her plane was missing. I think she decided she would simply fly out to the sea she loved, and never come back.” Again his voice sank to a whisper as he visualized Effra of the Green Eyes flying out over this wilderness of waters.

“I am sorry, Beel,” Mercedes said gently. “Will you remember one thing, Beel?”

“Sure. What is it?”

“You saved my life back there. I will not forget it. If the time ever comes, I will pay my debt.”

“Thank you,” Parker said. “But there is no debt.”

“You thin

Die Piraterie by Paul Stiel

Author: Paul Stiel
Published: 1905
Language: German
Wordcount: 12,422 / 54 pg

Downloads: 1,475
Added to site: 2009.08.04 24901
Genre: Pirate Tales

die Anwendung des ius postliminii. Wenn er sie daraufhin als rechtmässige Feinde ansieht, so erklärt sich dies aus seiner Anschauung, dass es nach geltendem Rechte (»quod contra quemlibet hostem recte exercetur«, a. a. O.) noch zulässig sei, Kriegsfeinde zu Sklaven zu machen, wenn eine solche Rechtsübung auch »moribus plerarumque Gentium nunc exolevit« (Quaest. Jur. Publ. L. I C. III; vgl. auch Grotius III, VII § 9).

[19] Gefangene »Sarazenen«, »Mauren«, »Türken« werden Sklaven, Bynkershoek a. a. O. C. XVII: »Solent et Belgae eos captos in Hispaniam advehere et ibi, iure talionis, in servitutem vendere«, ein solcher Verkauf in amtlichem Auftrage noch 1661 (C. III a. a. O.); Art. 1 des französisch-algerischen Vertrages von 1628 sichert den aus Algier feindlichen Ländern nach Frankreich geflüchteten versklavten Algeriern freie Rückkehr in die Heimat zu; Kap