James E. Wadsworth
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About James E. Wadsworth
James E. Wadsworth is a Professor of History at Stonehill College where he teaches Latin American History and World History. His courses include a global history of piracy, a global history of exploration, a history of the Inquisition, Spanish and Portuguese empires, a global history of warfare, a global history of food, and Native American history. He is currently writing a documentary history of piracy and researching a history of pre-contact trade in the western hemisphere. He is also an avid canoer, martial artist, and archer. He makes his own longbows and knives, and enjoys woodturning, rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, writing, and cooking.
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Bows and arrows enjoy leading roles in almost every genre of fiction—fantasy, historical, thriller, war, mystery, Western, dystopia, crime, science fiction, and more. Unfortunately, the depictions in fiction and film get things wrong more often than they get them right. Understanding the difference between a longbow and a compound and the strengths and weakness of a composite bow and a selfbow is essential to authentic world building that will win you popularity and respect among discerning readers.
Inside you will find:
• An in-depth examination of the history and development of archery.
• A discussion of how bows and arrows work, bow designs and styles, and the limits and promises of archery technology.
• Archery from around the world and how different cultures developed and deployed different archery technologies.
• Over 100 illustrations of bows and arrows and other archery equipment.
• The most egregious archery errors in fiction and film.
• Archery tactics, arrows vs. armor, arrow injuries, and arrow poisons.
• A glossary and a bibliography for further research.
• A straight-shooting guide to matching a bow to your character.
The Writer’s Guide to Archery will be your go-to handbook for unraveling the complex world of archery so that you can incorporate bows and arrows into your fiction like a master archer.
The book allows us to confront our stereotypes by giving us access to “real” pirates in a wide range of historical periods and global regions, from ancient Greece to modern day Nigeria, unfiltered as much as possible by authorial voice or interpretation. Global Piracy seeks neither to romanticize nor vilify pirates, but simply to understand them in the context of their times and the broader world they inhabited. Departing from run-of-the-mill narratives, it selects documents which provide new and fascinating insights into piracy around the globe.
With documents introduced by contextual information, and supplemented by study questions, suggested reading lists, illustrations and maps, this book is an essential companion for anyone studying the history of piracy.
Columbus and His First Voyage brings together for the first time the two contemporary versions of what happened on the first voyage – the Columbian narrative and the Pinzón narrative – and embeds them in a thorough introduction to Columbus, his first voyage, and the myths that surround this pivotal event in the history of the modern world.