Stede Bonnet, The Gentleman Pirate
Title: "Some men are born to be Pirate Captains. Others learn on the job." (HBO, David Jenkins)
Historical Era: The Golden Age of Piracy
Summary: Born a gentleman, Bonnet's life took an unusual turn when he decided to abandon his privileged family life and answer the call of piracy. At first it feels like an awkward middle-aged man playing dress-up. But Bonnet persisted, took pirate lessons from Blackbeard himself, and dove into character. But sadly, he also received a pirate's end...
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Transcript of Bonnet Trial: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/lawlib/law0001/2010/201000158861859/201000158861859.pdf