Black Flag of the North


The incredible story of a man called “King of the Pirates,” who burst from the waters of early Canada to become a terror of the seas.

He was tall, dark, and handsome, he wore fine velvets and lace, and in four tumultuous years he tore the guts out of the Atlantic. Bartholomew Roberts took over 400 ships and rarely lost a fight at sea in his short, spectacular reign. He set the Atlantic aflame from the Grand Banks to Brazil, and by blood and fire won his reputation as the fearless and feared King of the Pirates.

Cast in a gripping narrative that combines historical accuracy with a novelist’s flowing prose, Black Flag of the North tells the story of Roberts’s dramatic life, from his boyhood in rural South Wales through his days at sea during the slave trade, culminating in the stunning events in Canada that opened his four-year piratical career, to his fiery end beneath British guns off the coast of West Africa.

About the Author

Victor Suthren

Posted by KathrynB on October 30, 2014
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Victor Suthren

Victor Suthren is a Canadian writer and historian with a special interest in maritime history. A former Director General of the Canadian War Museum, he has written seven adventure novels about the sea, as well as histories including The War of 1812 and biographies of James Cook and the Comte de Bougainville. He lives in Merrickville, Ontario.