One day I am finally going to write a Generation Kill Age of Sail / Pirates & Corsaires historical AU, and not a small one like the Liberty and Power
I wrote for pjvilar
And when I do, the following things are going to be in it:
1. Gráinne Ní Mháille of Ireland (Elizabethan era), revered lord of land and sea and pirate queen celebrated in the Padraigh Pearse lyrics version of Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile
2. Lalla Aicha bint Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami (Reconquista era), female Muslim cleric, merchant, pirate queen, prefect of Tétouan and queen of Morocco. Known as Sayyida al Hurra, she controlled all of Western Mediterranean while the Barbarossa brothers controlled the eastern. (Here
is an interesting article, The Origins of Amazigh Women’s Power in North Africa.)
3. Jacquotte Delahaye of Saint-Domingue (Golden Age of Piracy), French-Haitian female buccaneer who allegedly faked her own death! and lived as man for years! and led a pirate community of hundreds! and took over an island in the Caribbean and proclaimed it a freebooter republic! Actual Black Sails plot = her life.
4. Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm of Sweden (Great Northern War era), privateer, entrepreneur and shipping queen, running a premium plundering business in the Baltic Sea with her childhood sweetheart (with the blessing of King Charles XII of Sweden, they were legit privateers during the war, i.e. had a legally sanctioned pirate empire).
5. Robert Surcouf of Saint-Malo, Brittany (Napoleonic era), a successful French privateer who famously had the following exchange with a captured British officer:
Officer: "You French fight for money. We English fight for honour."
Surcouf: "Sir, each of us fights for what he lacks the most..."
I don't know how, but I've been burning to use these anecdotes in a story. You are welcome to grab them, the more the merrier!