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Batavia's Graveyard


  • Model: oce-ent-9780753816844
  • Brand: Oceans Enterprises
  • ISBN: 9780753816844

Product Description

Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny

by Mike Dash.

"The true story of mutiny, shipwreck, murder an survival".

The tragic sago of the Dutch East India man Batavia, lost off the Western Australian cost in 1628, has been told many times, and rightly so, for it is a true story that no writer of fiction could imagine. Unlike the reality of our early history, of which the Batavia plays but a minor part, the baddies do get their just deserts. Led by one man, the evil Jenonimus Cornelisz, some 120 people died by his hand or his orders, for no reason other than they did not suit his purpose. This book is a master of research, providing an entry into the power of the Dutch East India Company, which lasted more than 200 years, and the control of the spices trade from the Indies. Someone will make a film of this one day - and it won't be pretty viewing. (My choice - Alan Rickman for Cornelisz, Anthony Hopkins for Commander Pelseart, and Mel Gibson as an occasional fish).

  • Softcover
  • 398 pages
  • ISBN: 9780753816844

Highly Recommended.

(10/16 LRB)