The pirate's wife The remarkable true story of Sarah Kidd

Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

Large print - 2023

In work of narrative nonfiction filled with romance and high seas adventure, a historian and journalist charts the life of Sarah Kidd, who secretly aided and abetted her infamous husband, pirate Captain Kidd, from within the strictures of polite society in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New York.

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Creative nonfiction
Large print books
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print 2023.
Main Author
Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos (author)
Center Point Large Print edition
Item Description
Regular print version previously published by Harlequin Enterprises ULC.
Physical Description
279 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-279).
  • Prologue
  • 1. Sarah's New World
  • 2. William Cox and the She-Merchant
  • 3. Mayhem and Tragedy
  • 4. Debts and Bills
  • 5. Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • 6. The Golden Age of Piracy
  • 7. Fletcher's Friends
  • 8. London
  • 9. Provisioning in New York
  • 10. Waiting
  • 11. Emott's Secret
  • 12. Taking Precautions
  • 13. Safe Haven on Block Island
  • 14. Reunited
  • 15. Accomplice
  • 16. Buried Treasure
  • 17. Confronting Bellomont
  • 18. Kidd's Narrative
  • 19. Bellomont's Secret
  • 20. Imprisoned
  • 21. The Pirate's Wife
  • 22. The King's Ship
  • 23. Newgate
  • 24. Kidd's Good Deed
  • 25. Trial
  • 26. Tragic News
  • 27. New Beginnings
  • 28. Full Circle
  • Acknowledgments
  • Bibliography
Review by Library Journal Review

Historian and author Geanacopoulos follows The Pirate Next Door with a diverting account of Sarah Kidd (1670--1744), the wife of Captain William Kidd. Kidd was Sarah's third husband--by all accounts, it was a love marriage. When Kidd was charged with piracy, Sarah joined him on his ship, hoping to find a way to clear his name. Their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, however, and after Kidd's execution, Sarah took the secret of his hidden treasure to the grave. Courtney Patterson enhances this tale with her animated narration, superbly capturing Geanacopoulos's emotional interpretation of the intricacies and challenges of Sarah's life. Patterson's narration is so effective that listeners may not notice Geanacopoulos's tendency to pad her story with romanticized suppositions about what people might have said or thought--that Sarah may have looked back on her time with Kidd and "felt proud, very proud, to have been a pirate's wife," or that Kidd may have felt "terrified" and "deeply depressed" as he headed toward execution. VERDICT While serious history buffs may wish for more facts and less supposition, this glimpse into the human side of piracy strikes a chord. Recommend to listeners who enjoy stories about the golden age of piracy and colonial American history.--Sarah Hashimoto

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