Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean - Edward Kritzler

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean

By Edward Kritzler

  • Release Date: 2008-11-18
  • Genre: History
Score: 3.5
From 16 Ratings


In this lively debut work of history, Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Filled with high-sea adventures–including encounters with Captain Morgan and other legendary pirates–Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean reveals a hidden chapter in Jewish history as well as the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.


  • Worth reading but a bit disappointing

    By DocBook
    While well written and sourced, this is NOT the swashbuckling tale its jaunty title enticingly suggests. It did open a universe of fascinating characters, indeed a fresh way of looking at Europe's exploration and yes, exploitation of the New World, largely trail blazed by a vanguard of "conversos" and other Jewish soldiers of fortune, navigators, sailors, and entrepreneurs driven west out of Spain and later, the entire Iberian Peninsula by the unspeakable horrors of the Inquisition. But it does not flesh out these wonderful characters in any detail, which is exasperating and ultimately tedious. Moreover, it skips the dashing pirates, soldiers and naval commanders in favor of businessmen. Argh! This is closer to "Pirates of Wall Street". Still, a good overview of largely forgotten Jewish history.