Fernando's Reviews > White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's One Million European Slaves

White Gold by Giles Milton
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Nov 22, 2010

it was amazing
Read from December 30, 2010 to January 02, 2011

Giles Milton is one of my favourite authors, bringing history to life with some remarkable personal tales of the people and places involved in some of the most significant, yet nevertheless obscure, historical events of the last few centuries.

This book is no exception. He brings the story of the million European slaves taken by the Barbary corsairs between the 16th and beginning of the 19th centuries via Thomas Pellow, a young cabin boy from Cornwall who, kidnapped at 12, would spend 23 years as a slave in the service of Moulay Ismail and subsequent Sultans of Morocco. Pellow's story is full of adventure in the grandest sense and gives us a rich and terryfying picture of life in Morocco in the early 18th century.

I heartily recommend this book to everyone, as I recommend Milton's other historical novels.
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