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Pirates of the Caribbean

October 20, 1720: Calico Jack’s career ends. John Rackham, aka Calico Jack, was born in 1682. Little is known of his early life. It is known that he was English. 674 more words


October 20, 1720: Met a Guy in Calico

It was the golden age of piracy — that period from the mid-17th to mid 18th century during which such luminaries as Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd and Blackbeard terrorized shipping throughout the New World. 464 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

Casanova of the High Seas: Pirate Captain, John Rackham

“His notoriety came from his gentlemanly conduct and his outlandish dress sense rather than from his treacherous exploits. He was a mystery, a romantic hero, the Lothario of the seas.” 641 more words

Lesbian Pirates will eat your soul: a history PART THREE

The third and final installment, highlighting Anne Bonny and Mary Read’s adventures together.

Fun pirate frolicking on the boat didn’t last forever, though. Anne was at some point kidnapped by her estranged husband, James Bonny. 946 more words

Ranting Whimsical

Lesbian Pirates will eat your soul: a history PART TWO

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post about Anne Bonney. Today I introduce Mary Read.

Mary Read born in Plymouth, England, in the late 1600s. Like Anne Bonney she was also illegitimate. 656 more words

Ranting Whimsical

Lesbian Pirates will eat your soul: a history PART ONE

I’m going to share a little history with you all. I’m in London after all, and this is the scene for A LOT of history. You can barely fall over in a drunken stupor on the street without banging into something historical.   1,301 more words

Ranting Whimsical

Introducing Ann McCoy by Barbara Winkes (plus TWO FREE BOOKS!)

Hey! We have a couple of winners! Congratulations to Dana Holmes and Maddy!

Happy Sunday morning! Today we welcome back a frequent guest here at Women and Words, Barbara Winkes. 779 more words

Guest Blog

emmarosemillar reblogged this on Emma Rose Millar and commented:

This has really given me food for thought. Barbara Winkes introduces a straight main character and asks, 'Does it still count as lesbian fiction?' Is it acceptable to have straight characters in lesbian fiction and do we need to put labels on our work? Lesbian fiction crosses many genres, crime, historical, fantasy, science fiction etc. so already it can be difficult to pigeon-hole. Like Barbara, my work includes lesbian characters and lesbian storylines. With historical fiction an author has to explore sexuality within a bygone era, with all the secrecy and social stigma that went with it. It can be nearly impossible to create strong lesbian characters. In Strains from an Aeolian Harp, the two main characters, Rose and Jess have a brief lesbian relationship. Jess is in love with Rose, there is no doubt, but Rose's feelings are more ambiguous. It has to be remembered that the story is set in a Midlands mining town during the 1920s. Admittedly this was the jazz age; men and women had more sexual freedom, but it was also a time when next door neighbours called each other Mr or Mrs so-and-so, where the social classes did not mix, where women were not financially independent, divorce was virtually out of the question and where the sight of two men or two women publicly holding hands even would have been a terrible scandal. One of the prime reasons that Rose and Jess eventually get together is that they are both trapped in undesirable marriages and people have said that this might alienate lesbian readers. Even when Jess suggests that the two of them can run off together she tells Rose, 'We could pretend to be sisters.' However, as a historical author, you have to be true to the period you are writing about, and this would have been the reality for many women. The most famous lesbian novel of the time, The Well of Loneliness is still the subject of debate in terms of the messages it sends out. With Five Guns Blazing, there was more scope, because it is set in the bawdy riotous 18th century. Many sources suggested that Anne Bonny and Mary Read had an openly sexual relationship, but both of them were married and this threw a spanner in the works. John Rackham was besotted with Anne, but Anne loved Mary. Mary was in love with her husband and there were rumours about John Rackham and the male pirate Pierre Bouspet. It was all a very tangled web. In my fictional pirate Laetitia Beedham, I had to create a young woman who was unsure about her sexuality. She is torn between John and Anne; she has to be otherwise the whole plot would fall apart. 'Does it still count as lesbian still count as lesbian fiction?' I don't know. All I know is that I like to read - and write about a diverse range of characters. Barbara's book looks amazing. See the original post below for further details.