Pirates in Period - Was [Ansteorra] Apology from Nasir al-Fayyid
eadric at scabrewer.com
Thu Sep 8 20:57:01 PDT 2005
Stefan li Rous wrote:
> And the English and the Spanish had rather different opinions of Sir
> Francis Drake. To one, a hero. To the other, an evil pirate.
I think the difference, and the reason some people have problems with
"pirates", and no problem with Sir Francis Drake, is that Sir Francis
Drake didn't go around proclaiming himself as a "pirate". He certainly
had a rapacious appetite for treasure, particularly Spanish treasure,
but he would have described himself as a Navigator, a Sea Captain, a
hero in the fight against the Armada, and at times as a Privateer of the
Queen of England.
Never would you call yourself a pirate in front of law abiding citizenry
for piracy was a criminal act, but privateering was not only legal, it
was commissioned by the government. The actions they carried out may
have been virtually the same but the consequences faced by a pirate in
court (courts of law or courts of nobles) were very different than those
of a privateer.
Even Gráinne O'Malley who was no doubt one of the greatest pirates
(individuals) of the late SCA period (male or female) and never had the
legitimacy of being a privateer was described by Lord Deputy Sir Henry
Sidney, when she appeared before him in 1576 in Galway, as a 'most
famous feminine sea captain' and 'a notorious woman in all the coasts of
Ireland'. A rose by any other name does not smell half as sweet.
Having confessed pirates around would be considered unseemly, but having
notorious sea captains and privateers around might be considered
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