Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Quote of the Day...
"He arrived in Virginia, cocksure and prescient."
Two qualities I like in a man, but sadly I'm 300 years too late.
Actually, the quote was taken from my current read...
by Margaret Hoffman.
I got the chance to meet the author at a arts & crafts show in my hometown this past weekend. Ms. Hoffman preceded to tell me about Blackbeard's vibrant yet viscious personality, life and death. Did you know Blackbeard met his end by being shot, stabbed and ultimately decapitated? Even then, legend has it that his headless body, after being thrown overboard the ship, Adventure, swam around the ship a few times before sinking. Truly, Mr. Blackbeard was an original B.A.M.F. of all B.A.M.F.s! None of that "fru-fru" Jack Sparrow pirate crap!
Recently, Blackbeard's ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, was found off the coast of North Carolina in relatively good condition. The author was just so chocked full of information that I was compelled to buy her book for the low, low price of $24.95 (about $5 more than what I would have spent at Barnes & Noble). She knew a sucker for history and it's many colorful characters when she saw one.
Another juicy tidbit....It is rumored that after his head spent many days on a pike at the edge of the Hampton River in Virginia to ward off sea dogs and other lowly pirates of their evil ways, his skull became a drinking chalice. I say, me hearty, what better way to go for the most notorious pirate ever known?!