Book Review – ‘Lords of the Sea: A history of the Barbary Corsairs’ by Alan G. Jamieson
Jamieson subtitles his introduction ‘The Barbary Legend’: that term is appropriate. The subject matter involves a period of several centuries and, in terms of narrative, the theme is both colourful and full of adventure. However, the story of the Barbary Corsairs tells of deeper matters: protracted politico-religious struggle on the grand scale, complete with a great deal of suffering. Moreover, it contains chapters of maritime history that were powerfully affected by changing ship and armament technology – and, eventually, by the consequences of revolutionary upheaval in Europe and North America….