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Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants


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This book adds substantially to our understanding of those who inhabited the littoral of the Mediterranean Sea in the early modern period. At its center is the interaction between two sets of actors that have been largely overlooked in histories of the region. Greene tells a fascinating tale. Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants fills a void in English language scholarship. -- Bruce A. Masters, Wesleyan University Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants addresses some crucial issues in the history of the early modern Mediterranean, putting forward a strong and important thesis regarding the early modern history not only of the Mediterranean but of Europe in general. It truly represents an excellent expansion of the work Greene has already done in this field and a significant contribution to Mediterranean history. -- Maria Fusaro, University of Exeter

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Subjects and Sovereigns 15 Chapter 2: The Claims of Religion 52 Chapter 3: The Age of Piracy 78 Chapter 4: The Ottoman Mediterranean 110 Chapter 5: The Pursuit of Justice 138 Chapter 6: At the Tribunale 167 Chapter 7: The Turn toward Rome 201 Conclusion 224 Notes 233 Bibliography 279 Index 291

About the Author

Molly Greene is professor of history and Hellenic studies at Princeton University. She is the author of "A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean" (Princeton).


Joint Winner of the 2011 Runciman Award, Anglo-Hellenic League "While Molly Greene has aimed this entertaining book primarily at the maritime historian (and she takes the word 'maritime' in the title very seriously), it is written in a style that would also appeal to the general reader of history. It adds substantially to our understanding of those who lived, worked and thieved their way around the Mediterranean Sea in the early modern period."--Michael Clark, Northern Mariner "The detailed descriptions and analyses of numerous cases taken from the files of the Tribunale degli Armamenti, which make up the bulk of the book's successive chapters, repay close reading."--Colin Heywood, International Journal of Maritime History "Greene has found wonderfully illuminating texts... There is much useful material on the lives and dealings of individual merchants and consular agents across the Mediterranean."--Diana Gilliland Wright, Journal of World History "It was a happy event that led her to tell many of these stories in this book, which is scholarly, well written, and innovative--a worthy joint winner of the Runciman Award in 2011."--Michael Llewellyn Smith, Anglo Hellenic Review

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