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White Gold (Anglais)

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'Milton's story could scarcely be more action packed ... If what you want from your history is violent action, exotic locations, a colourful villain and a resourceful hero, you'll find them in this book' Sunday Times

Milton has created a truly gripping tale...His research is impeccable and his narrative reads in part like a modern-day Robert Louis Stevenson novel. (The Sunday Times)

A magnificent piece of popular history (Independent on Sunday)

Acclaim for NATHANIEL'S NUTMEG: 'The thoroughness and intelligence of his research underpins the lively confidence with which he deploys it' (Times Literary Supplement)

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In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and fifty-two of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors - fanatical Islamic slave traders - had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Salé in Morocco to be sold to the highest bidder.

WHITE GOLD is an extraordinary and shocking story. Drawn from unpublished letters and manuscripts written by slaves, and by the padres and ambassadors sent to free them, it reveals a disturbing and forgotten chapter of history, told with all the pace and verve of one of our finest historians.

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I enjoyed this book very much. Once again Milton reveils history through a great story. I felt very much implicated in the drama of the time. I recommand this book to all those who are interested in history. It is fresh in the writting but tough in its scope.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 En-slavers enslaved 10 novembre 2011
Par John the Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This story, through contemporary writing of the slave Cornishman, Thomas Pellow, describes the period of the original religious fundamentalism, and the Jihad of the Muslim against the Christian religions, with the corruption and avarice of the Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail and the Barbary Corsairs, in raiding, capturing and enslaving their 'white gold'. It was estimated that over a million Europeans were enslaved throughout the Islamic regions with newly kidnapped victims being required at annual rates of twenty of thousands because of attrition through ill treatment, starvation, murder and disease.
This then, is the other side of the coin, the enslavers enslaved. But with incredible brutality, mindless bestiality, torture casual deaths, beheadings and driven by work so hard and unremitting that constant raiding and enslavement of more peoples from the European coast were required. Little intelligence here, none of the, sometimes self-interested and reluctant, care of their investment that modified the treatment of black slaves in the cruel plantations of the Americas. Beheading by the Sultan himself were common, on his whim, whimsy and humour as he drove his millions of captured English, French, Portuguese and even American crews and villagers in constructing his huge city-of-palaces, Meknès-Tafilalet.
Having enjoyed Milton's earlier work of scholarly research Nathaniel's Nutmeg it was no surprise to find such a detailed history of Pellow's twenty three years of slavery. Towards the end of the book a thirst for revenge was satisfied in an ironic connection ... it was a relative Sir Edward Pellew who, in 1816, destroyed the power of the Muslim slavers, releasing the slaves and bringing the 'white gold' trade to an end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good introductory history of the "other" slave trade (Africans kidnapping Europeans) 27 juillet 2015
Par Hominid Philosophiae - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this book on the strength of its reviews, and having read (and enjoyed) Nathaniel's Nutmeg, by the same author. It is well researched, but not an "academic" work (replete with copious footnotes). It does, however, contain a bibliography, and is a sold "first step" for any reader wishing to explore the history of the "reverse" slave trade (Africans kidnapping and torturing Europeans and American Colonists, rather than vice versa).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 They were White, and they were Slaves - fascinating 28 juillet 2014
Par D. New - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the third account of William Pellow, white slave in North Africa, and by far the one in most detail about others as well. Pellow's own account is also very good. I found this one gave good insight into the history of the slave depredations made by Muslim raiders all along every coast line in Europe for many decades. It also affords an interesting insight into the mind of the Muslim Pasha, or what we would call a warlord today. The fact is, absolutely nothing has changed, and their cruelty today is rooted in a long history of abuse of all who do not share their faith, and of one another as it pleases them. Worth the read for that alone. And yet, quite a number of them escaped, and lived to tell about it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 White Gold: The Forgotten Story of North Africa's European Slaves Hardcover by Giles Milton (Author) 31 mai 2014
Par CDP and his Amazon Habit of purchases! ! - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I now have read about half of White Gold: The Forgotten Story of North Africa's European Slaves Hardcover by Giles Milton and find it very interesting and well delivered. The story is a study of letters and biographical information from those who's time as slaves was made know to others of the time in their own descriptions of how they were taken and treated by their captors and masters. If you think only America struggled with slavery, read how Europeans were captured from their own homeland and taken into slavery by Corsairs and the Pirates of the time funded and encourage by the Sultan and leaders of Morocco. Worth the used price of $4.65 with delivery included in this cost. A keeper in my library.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating, terrifying story 2 mai 2014
Par John Roche - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Gripping, shocking account of a young British sailor trapped in a terrifying, brutal country in the 18th century. As well as being a story of individual courage and survival, the book gives fascinating insight into North Africa's white slave trade and the ineptness of Europe's rulers in staving off the incessant attacks by savage Moorish pirates on their coastal communities. Fast-paced, entertaining if at times harrowing, this book is very easy to read.
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