Illustration #4 Captain and Mrs. William Kidd's House in 1699 CROPPED FOR WEBSITE.jpg
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The Pirate Next Door

The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates' Wives, Families and Communities

By Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

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The Pirate Next Door

The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates' Wives, Families and Communities

By Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

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Pirate lore has long captivated us and through the centuries it has worked its way into our literature, movies and popular culture. But many of these depictions and our understanding of the nature of the pirate are wrong. The Pirate Next Door takes what we think we know about pirates and turns it on its head by exploring the human side of pirates—the wives, families and communities of the men who have long been considered outlaws and outcasts. It delves into the inner lives of pirates, focusing on their faiths, communal ties and great loves. Using newly discovered primary sources from the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries from archives in New England and London, this compelling story is told through the lives of four pirate captains who were active during the Golden Age of Piracy—Samuel Bellamy of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Paulsgrave Williams of Block Island, Rhode Island; William Kidd of New York and Samuel Burgess of New York. This book corrects long-held beliefs about pirate life and brings to light the strong women behind these men.

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Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos is an author, historian and journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications. She earned a Doctor of Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University, with an emphasis in Maritime History. 

 

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Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos is an author, historian and journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications. She earned a Doctor of Liberal Studies degree from Georgetown University, with an emphasis in Maritime History. 

 

 

 

"This beautifully written true story blows the best pirate fiction out of the water. For the first time, a historian shines welcome light on the women behind these daring, violent and surprisingly domesticated adventure capitalists."

— Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY reporter

 

"For those of you who’ve walked a beach and dreamt of finding pirate treasure, you’ll find that lost booty and much more in this carefully researched and wonderfully written book that is a new chapter in 'The Real History of the Pirates.'"

— Barry Clifford, explorer and author

 

". . . pulls the curtain back on a world we scarce knew existed. Cutting edge scholarship and a rattling good tale. Prepare to have your timbers shivered!"

— Richard Willing, FBI and intelligence historian

 

". . . introduces us into a new aspect of the lives of pirates. Too often characterized as alienated, violent outcasts, Geanacopoulos shows us that many of them were married, cared about their children and were attached to communities. It is a new dimension in pirate studies."

— Robert C. Ritchie, author of Captain Kidd and the War Against the Pirates

 

". . . a must read for all who seek to know the historic pirate experience."

—Ronald M. Johnson, Emeritus Professor of History, Georgetown University

 

". . . sheds light on the private lives of the rowdy buccaneers of the Golden Age of Piracy, plus the lovers, wives and families who supported such risky business. Geanacopoulos captures our attention with insight into the strict code of honor among daring rogues on both sides of the Atlantic. Pirate enthusiasts will treasure it!"

— Glen Finland, author of "Next Stop"

 

 

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A few notable mentions in the media and academia:

Library of Congress - "Inquiring Minds" Blog

"Geanacopoulos used newly discovered primary sources from the 17th and early 18th centuries, including documents at the Library of Congress, to correct long-held beliefs about pirate life and to bring to light the strong women behind men widely considered outlaws and outcasts."

Read the Q&A I did with the Library of Congress here.

 

Georgetown University Blog

"There’s no swashbuckling rogue on the cover. No treasure chest. Not even a Jolly Roger or an old salt with a patch on one eye and a parrot on his shoulder.
Instead, the cover of the new book by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos—a graduate of Georgetown University’s master’s and doctoral programs in liberal studies—features … a house. Actually, a very nice house: Captain William Kidd’s three-story mansion in New York City near a city wall that would later be renamed Wall Street."

Read the Q&A I did with them here.

 

Appearances


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I am excited to announce my spring and summer upcoming events and appearances in New England for my new historical non-fiction book, "The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates' Wives, Families and Communities" I would love to see you!

 
 

4/22 - Wydah Pirate museum

On Saturday, April 22nd, from 1-3pm, I'll be at the Whydah Pirate Museum for a book signing as part of their 300 year anniversary of the Whydah shipwreck. Located at 674-MA 28, West Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the event is free.

 
 

5/6 - Brewster General store

On Saturday, May 6th, I'll be at my favorite neighborhood haunt, The Brewster General Store, from 1-3 pm for the "Brewster in Bloom" celebration. Stop by for a signed copy of local pirate lore. Located at 1935 Main Street, Brewster, Massachusetts, the event is free.

 
 

6/17 - Nantucket Book Festival

On Saturday, June 17th from 9am-1pm, I'm proud to join the Local Authors Tent at the Nantucket Book Festival. Located at the Atheneum Garden on the corner of South Water and India Streets on Nantucket, Massachusetts, the event is free.

 
 

7/1 - Yellow umbrella books

On Saturday, July 1st, I'll be stopping by Yellow Umbrella Books for a book signing from 1-3pm. Located in the heart of town at 501 Main Street, Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the event is free.

 
 

7/11 - Block island maritime institute

On Tuesday, July 11th at 7 pm I will be speaking and signing books at the Block Island Maritime Institute on Block Island, Rhode Island. Come learn about Block Island's very own 18th century pirate, Captain Palsgrave Williams, who pillaged the Caribbean and New England waters. This event is co-sponsored by Island Bound Bookstore and is free.

 
 

7/18 - Brewster ladies' library

On Tuesday, July 18th, from 7-8 pm I'll be giving a book talk and signing books at the Brewster Ladies' Library. Located at 1822 Main Street, Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts the event is free.

 
 

8/8 - Brewster BOOK STORE

On Tuesday, August 8th, from 10am to 12 pm I'll be giving a book talk and signing books at the Brewster Book Store. Located at 2648 Main St, Brewster, MA, Cape Cod, Massachusetts the event is free.

 
 

8/10 - Provincetown Public Library  "Literary Voices"

On Thursday, August 10th, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, I'll be giving a book talk and signing books at the Provincetown Public Library on Cape Cod. The library is located at 356 Commercial Street, Provincetown MA. Free for all to attend!

 
 

8/24 - POHICK REGIONAL LIBRARY

On Thursday, August 24th at 7 pm I'll be giving a book talk and signing books at the Pohick Regional Library in Burke, Virginia. This free event will take place at 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA.

 
 

10/6 - 10/8 - LEWES HISTORY BOOK FESTIVAL

On the weekend of 10/6, I'll be joining the dozens of authors in Lewes, Delaware at the annual Lewes History Book Festival. Centered at the Lewes Town Library, the book festival is spread around downtown Lewes. Stay tuned for more specific location.

 
 

Many thanks to these wonderful institutions for their support!