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Here are some of my favourite books that relate the history of women on ships during the age of sail. One should never presume that any feat is too daring and improbable for a historical woman to have accomplished during this time period! Compiled for [livejournal.com profile] potc_feminists

Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives
by David Cordingly

Women Sailors & Sailors Women
by David Cordingly

Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920
Edited by Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling

She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea
by Joan Druett

Hen Frigates: Passion and Peril, Nineteenth-Century Women at Sea
by Joan Druett

Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920
by Joan Druett

Bold in Her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages
by Jo Stanley

The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea
by Barbara Sjoholm

Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen C. 1530-1603
by Anne Chambers

Seafaring Women
by Linda Grant De Pauw

Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger
by Ulrike Klausman, Marion Meinzerin and Gabriel Kuhn

Romantic Liars: Obscure Women Who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire
by Debbie Lee

Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail
by Suzanne J. Stark

Women Under Sail
by Basil Greenhill and Ann Giffard

Date: 2008-05-11 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] the-dala.livejournal.com
Dude! I had no idea Basil Greenhill had written about female sailors. Thanks for this list.

Date: 2008-06-01 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
You're welcome.

Date: 2008-05-11 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erinya.livejournal.com
Ooh. Awesome. Thank you so, so much for this!

Date: 2008-06-01 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
You're very welcome.

Date: 2008-05-11 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo-79.livejournal.com
Mmm, these look promising! Thank you, Honorat. (And Happy Mother's Day!)

Date: 2008-06-01 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
I'm glad you like the list. Thanks for the good wishes.

Date: 2008-05-11 05:29 pm (UTC)
ext_15536: Fuschias by Geek Mama (Mother & Child - Klimt)
From: [identity profile] geekmama.livejournal.com
What a great list of resources. Thank you! And Happy Mother's Day, btw. Hug your little pirate for me.

Date: 2008-06-01 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
These are definitely useful to me. I'm glad you like them. Thanks for the good wishes. Consider him hugged.

Date: 2008-05-13 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] equivocal-muse.livejournal.com
Hello and greetings. I can't wait to read some of your writing now! I am finally back and now willing to commit time and effort into this journal. What is new in your creative world?

Date: 2008-06-01 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
Greetings. It takes me forever to respond to these things now. I'll look forward to hearing what you think of my writing--sometimes the characters run away with both the story and the language! My creative world has shrunk to a very tiny corner since my procreative world has become so labour intensive. I still write a little on "Crossing the Bar" when I have a moment because there are people who will not regain fingernails until I finish it :D

Date: 2008-05-13 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hereswith.livejournal.com
Thanks for the list! *adds to memories for reference*

Date: 2008-06-01 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
You're welcome.

Date: 2008-05-14 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0wdermonkey.livejournal.com
Thanks for those. They sound great!

I'm especially interested in the first two as I'm trying to learn about the lives of women who stayed on land. (Specifically for writing Bootstrap and Mrs. Bootstrap fic, but also in general.) They didn't buckle much swash, but they had to keep the show on the road with the nominal head of household effectively out of the picture - a challenging situation at the time and one with certain... opportunities (as well as problems).

Date: 2008-06-01 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honorat.livejournal.com
I'm glad these look useful to you. Yes, the women who remained on shore without their sailor men had a unique set of challenges.


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