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

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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