Author Archives: Dr. Rebecca Simon

About Dr. Rebecca Simon

Los Angeles-based historian who's expert in all things pirates and public executions. PhD, King's College London, 2017. https://twitter.com/beckalex

Historical Context for Pirates 5

I’m a little behind the times at the moment. I’ve just returned to the LA area after over three weeks of travel, which included a great visit to London to see friends and present at a conference and also Tel … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Madame Cheng

In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to write about a female pirate who left her own legacy in history. Much has been written about the notorious female pirates who sailed throughout the eighteenth-century Atlantic, so I decided to … Continue reading

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Captain Kidd and the Myth of Buried Treasure

Pirates have had a lot of visibility throughout 20th and 21st-century popular culture. When people think of pirates, they often think of eye patches, wooden legs, and or some incarnation of Jack Sparrow. This imagery largely stems from Robert Louis … Continue reading

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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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