Episode 79, Black Sails, Part I

This week, Gav is joined by guest hosts Elizabeth Minkel and Natasha Simonova for a very special episode about the pirate drama Black Sails. We explore the historical and literary themes of the show, including its similarities to 17th century Revenge Tragedy, and what "historical fiction" actually means. Spoiler warning: We cover all four seasons, so this is mostly aimed at Black Sails fans rather than new viewers!

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Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Persons of the Tale"

Early Modern Authorship and Prose Continuations: Adaptation and Ownership from Sidney to Richardson

Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders and Roxana

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Man of La Mancha

Revenge tragedy


Three Early Modern Utopias” ed. by Susan Bruce
“Utopia” by Thomas More (1516)
“New Atlantis” by Francis Bacon (1627)
“The Isle of the Pines” by Henry Neville (1668)

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodward

The Kit-Cat Club and The Favourite by Ophelia Field