5 years ago ::
Oct 13, 2008 - 7:42AM
Aug 29, 2007
Great thread, 'tis a pity I didn't spy it before! Thar be very good suggestions so far, ye Ladies an' Gentlemen o' Fortune!
Just a few quick notes, Florean, matey,
Remember that discipline on pirate ships wasn't as severe as on merchant vessels or in the navy, pirates had more leeway, but while there were quite a score of rotten apples, pirates usually weren't the most violent bunch. In fact, they could be quite egalitarian in some ways. Also, pirates 'ad indeed some code of conduct, set down in their articles.
As for a Pirate visionary, there 's Captain Charles Johnson's fictional account of Captain Misson, a pirate who had quite some standards. He believed in humanity and compassion and tried to build a free society on Madagaskar. He and his companion were fed up with the Catholic Church, but that didn't mean that they became demon-worshippin' inhumane monsters, but tried to adhere to the ideals of the Enlightenment. Which, by the way, had a sort of cult in itself, so I reckons there could Masonic Paladins as well, but I 'll keep that for another time.