The Barbary Corsairs Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1480–1580 By Jacques Heers
The Barbary corsairs first appeared to terrorize shipping at the end of the fifteenth century. These Muslim pirates sailed out of the ports of North Africa, primarily Sal?, Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast, a term derived from the name of its Berber inhabitants. Acting as officers of the sprawling Ottoman Empire, these pirates plundered the trading routes of the Mediterranean and sowed horror in the hearts of Christians everywhere.

The most famous and powerful were the Barbarossa brothers, sons of a renegade Christian. The true founders of the Algiers Regency, they initially preyed on fishing vessels or defenseless merchantmen before growing bolder and embarking upon more brazen expeditions?attacking fortified ports and cities; raiding and kidnapping inhabitants of the African coast; and hunting ships from the Christian nations.

This translation of Jacques Heers?s work follows the extraordinary exploits of the brothers, and those of other corsairs and profiteers, set against the turbulent backdrop of trade, commerce, and conflict throughout the Mediterranean as the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance. It is an enthralling adventure, robustly written, and it brings to life an age when travel and trade were perilous enterprises.

TitleThe Barbary Corsairs
SubtitleWarfare in the Mediterranean, 1480–1580
AuthorBy Jacques Heers
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published6 November 2018
Dimensions6.13 x 9.25in.
Illustrations16pp b/w insert; 7 maps.

About the author

Jacques Heers was a teacher and historian specializing in the history of the Middle Ages, professor at the Faculty of Humanities of Paris-Nanterre and director of medieval studies at Paris-Sorbonne University. He passed away in January 2013.

Jonathan North is a professional editor and a historian specializing in Napoleonic history. His publications include An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of World War I. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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