Historian Rebecca Simon researches pirates from the 17th and 18th centuries. She marvels at how much we get wrong about these ship raiders and works to better inform the public through writing, speaking, and consulting with podcasters and TV scriptwriters.
Being a world expert in a niche subject can take you to some wild places – pirate historian Dr Rebecca Simon can attest to that. Her expertise on pirates and public executions means she is much in demand, from Netflix to the History Channel, and BBC documentaries to popular podcasts. Author of two excellent piracy books, including the first full-length biography of infamous female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, as well as a part-time professor, Simon's career is proving bountiful.
A new book Pirate Queens: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read is a history of female piracy in the Caribbean and the Atlantic.
Dr Rebecca Simon's charts the rise and fall of pirates From ancient times to a "golden era" spanning the 16th and 17th centuries.