Five Real-Life Pirates to Inspire your Next Character

real-life pirates

by Amanda Mae Downey

Real-life pirates weren’t the nicest guys and gals. They didn’t have peg legs or happy parrots on their shoulders. They were actually kind of sick, and as you know, us writers love taking inspiration from sick people. Maybe that says something about us.

Captain Blackbeard and his vessel, the Queen Anne’s Revenge have inspired depictions like that in the television series Black Sails and the 2016 novel Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. Blackbeard is an interesting pirate, but there are hundreds of pirates (or in this case, five) that deserve some quality air-time and I’m here to give it to them.