Stroud, 1st.ed., 2005. 256 pp., 83 ills + 6 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The author tells the story of British freebooters of the 17th and 18th centuries, roaming the seas in search of prizes, describing how they walked a fine line between sanctioned privateering and outright piracy ; exploiting every legal loophole open to them ; corrupting officials ; and making every effort to justify their murderous actions. In time, new laws forced through Parliament rid the seas of their crimes. Includes William Dampier, Henry Every, William Kidd, Bartholomew Roberts, and the infamous Blackbeard.