Jan Rogozinski

Mediterranean war galley.

"Blackbeard" fights to the death.

Books

Cities
Caste, Power, and Law: Social Conflict in Fourteenth-Century Montpellier
By tracing the careers of individual men and women, provides insight into the distinctive laws and sociey of southern France.
Pirates
Honor Among Thieves: Captain Kidd, Henry Every, and the Pirate Democracy in the Indian Ocean
Based on evidence from French archives and other first-hand sources, presents the history of the superb mariners and immensely successful pirates sailing from Saint Mary's Island.
Pirates! Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction, and Legend.
A comprehensive encyclopedia devoted to both pirate history and the masterpeces of pirate mythology.
Islands
A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present
Narrates the experiences of the Caribbean people, including those living on smaller and less-known islands.
Snuff and Chewing Tobacco
Smokeless Tobacco in the Western World, 1550-1950.
Investigates the many ways tobacco has been used, including snuff and chewing tobacco as well as cigars, pipes and cigarettes.

Pirates! Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction, and Legend.

In more than a thousand entries (each impeccably researched, internationally focused, and extensively cross-referenced) Pirates! reveals the actual lives and exploits of pirates and the diverse worlds from which they sprang--from Etruscan and Phoenician marauders off the coast of ancient Greece to the Chinese and Malay pirates of the 1870s. Beyond its immense value as a unique and hugely entertaining resource, Pirates! explores the rich mythology that has developed since their demise and examines their image as pop culture icons. From pirate slang to fictionalized buccaneering to listings of the richest booty ever captured, Pirates! is an authoritative and invaluable reference work for students, researchers, and non-specialist general readers alike!
      Midwest Book Review

Ancient Greek vase showing men being "keel-hauled."

Rogozinski does a good job with both well-known and lesser-known pirates. He deals just as adeptly with art, films, novels, plays, short stories, songs, terminology, torture. treasure, types of pirate ships. and many other elements that make the pirate mystique so intriguing.
      Norman D. Stevens, American Reference Book Annual

Pirates! encompasses historical pirates like Madame Cheng I Sao, Captain William Kidd, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Edward "Blackbeard" Teach; fictional buccaneers like Anne Bonny, Captain Blood, and Long John Silver; every important and noteworthy novel, play, poem, ballad, opera, and movie portraying pirates; pirate slang, havens, types of ships, weapons, symbols, practices, and pleasures; a listing of the richest booty ever captured; more than a dozen paintings by Howard Pyle; and a comprehensive bibliography.

The fiction and legend portions contain material on pirate novels and films that is simply unavailable in other collections. . . . Rogozinski incudes a wonderous array of movie stills. Pictured are the likes of Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Laughton, Gene Kely Bob Hope, Tryrone Power, Judy Garland,and Robin Williams, all swashbuckling across the screen.
      B. R. Burg, The Northern Mariner.

Errol Flynn in Captain Blood (1935).