Author Archives: Rebecca Simon

About Rebecca Simon

A California-girl based in London working on a PhD in early modern Atlantic history at King's College London: piracy, executions, British law. https://twitter.com/beckalex

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my site! I use this blog to write about historical film and the media along with observations and advice about postgraduate work. I’m a teacher and a freelance writer and I am available to write for … Continue reading

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Piracy and The Princess Bride

Last month I wrote a blog for the great website, Raiders of the Lost Archives, about how the image of the pirate in the film The Princess Bride proves that piracy will never go out of style. You can check … Continue reading

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My 5 Must-Reads

Recently I wrote a blog for my history department at King’s College London describing five texts that have inspired my interest in Atlantic and pirate history and also how these books have shaped my research. I also have to give … Continue reading

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The Many Deaths of Captain Kidd

I’ve written a short article about the legend of the pirate, Captain Kidd for the History Matters section in the magazine, History Today. If you don’t have a copy of the magazine, you can read it online here for free. I wrote … Continue reading

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Black Sails: III

I’m late with this one! Apologies – it’s been a busy few weeks with workshops and writing. Before I get started, however, you may have read that the lost treasure of Captain Kidd has supposedly been found. I have thoughts … Continue reading

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Black Sails: II

In the second episode of Black Sails, things are heating up as Captain Flint realises that John Silver is the thief he’s looking for. Meanwhile, Charles Vane threatens Max to get him the schedule for Urca de Lima or else … Continue reading

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Black Sails: I

Over the past two and a half years of my PhD, I have been asked countless times if I’d seen and loved the Pirates of the Caribbean films (you can read my response about that in my previous entry). However, … Continue reading

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Historical Film as a Learning Tool

Those who know me know that I am extremely passionate about using film as a learning tool in history classes of all levels. I teach seminars for a module on the British Empire and I recommend films to my students … Continue reading

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Pirate Executions in Early Modern London

Originally posted on English Legal History:
In the East London neighborhood of Wapping behind the Town of Ramsgate Pub lies a replica of a noose and hanging scaffold. This commemorates Execution Dock, most famous as the spot where pirates were…

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Obligatory Introductory Post

Hello internet. My name is Rebecca Simon.  I am from Los Angeles and I’m currently based in London, where I’m into my third year of a history PhD at King’s College London.  I research pirates.  Specifically, I research pirate executions, … Continue reading

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