by Gina Danna
Yet why would English sailors turn pirates and attack their own country? The English used privateers during the war against France and Spain in the 17th century, allowing them to hunt the Britain’s enemy without retribution and required the privateers to pay the crown a percentage on riches taken. Yet at the end, the English saw privateers had turned pirate, attacking more than enemy ships.
Set free as unfit for English society, pirates flourished during the 17th to 19th centuries. Many came from the dregs of the British navy, which was a harsh institution. Many times, pirates offered sailors the opportunity to ‘get on the account’, meaning join them and many took it over remaining in the harsh institution of the British navy.
The world of piracy was one of the original democracies of history. Anyone, regardless of his or her origins or sex, could become a pirate. Pirates did not have racist views. Many times, they raided slave ships off the coast of Africa because those ships had a small crew; the slaver ships had large holds; and they’d free the slaves (most did verses selling them) and some of those Africans, too far from shore, would join the account and its chance to be equal to the rest.
Those who earned the trust of the crew could advance in position and become captain. A captain could be easily replaced if he didn't bring them large treasures to take or he lost their trust. In This Love of Mine, the pirate captain is on the verge of losing his position because his personal mission to find the man responsible for his wife’s death interfered with finding a large prize to capture, thus the raid held little worth, making his crew unhappy and put him on the verge of losing his position.
The fear of women onboard ships is an old sailor’s fear. In World War II, the women naval reserves, or WAVES, were not actually on the ships but in the Navy, everyone is assigned to a ship. That fear of women bringing bad luck was strong enough that these women were assigned to ships sunk in the Potomac River during the American Civil War. So Eleanor’s presence sets off a parade if issues with the crew.
To get a glimpse of the pirate world, join Eleanor, James and Trent in This Love of Mine.
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Gina's Newest Historical Romance Release: This Love of Mine
Kidnapped on a trip to London, Lady Eleanor Whitmore awakes in the hold of a ship with no memory of her past or of her perfect marriage to Lord James Haddington III, Earl of Windhaven. All she knows is that a fierce and stunningly handsome pirate is yelling about women being bad luck on a voyage. Adrift at sea in both body and mind, she finds herself falling in love with the pirate captain, whose flashing eyes and muscular frame leave her breathless.
Lord James resisted the shackles by marriage until he met Eleanor. Her beauty and charms captured his heart, and now that she’s disappeared, he vows he will find her or die trying. His search becomes a chase to the New World, a trip that could destroy him as Eleanor’s bonds with a pirate captain tighten. Can James provoke her memory and win her love, or will the pirate steal her heart forever…
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