In the past few years, a lot of research has been done on the history of pirates. First research had come in the limelight in 18th century with a popular book of Daniel Defoe – A General History of Pyrates. In the modern era, some more research has been done on the lifestyles of these swashbucklers. The result of this research can be seen in the fact that the lifestyles of the pirates have been romanticized a lot. A number of films have been produced on the pirate themes, in which the positive qualities have been added to the raiders. The most popular Pirates of the Caribbean film series can be taken as a perfect example in this regard. But, this romanticized version is a perfect example of the popularity of swashbucklers. This popularity flourished further in the form of pirate clothing.
Some of the male and female swashbucklers gained widespread popularity in the present scenario. Edward Teach “Blackbeard”, Bartholomew Roberts “Black Bart”, John “Calico Jack” Rackham, Charles Vane, Grace O’Malley, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Ching Shih and there are some other names, which are on the lips of the lovers of the swashbuckler lifestyles. But, these were not the only raiders, who attacked the shipping. There were several more, which are not so popular, but has an equal significance in history. They also include both male and female raiders. Some of the names that can be taken in this regard include:
Gan Ning: Gan Ning was an ancient Chinese pirate popular for raiding in murderous way. In the later life, he became the subordinate of Huang Zu, the administrator of Late Han Dynasty. After some time, he left Huang because of his indifferent attitude with him and became the military officer under warlord Sun Quan in Wu territory.
Awilda: According to a legend, Awilda was a female pirate of history. She was the daughter of Scandinavian king in 5th century. The story of Awilda seems to be identical to the old stories of princes and princesses. Perhaps, this is the reason why some scholars doubt the story. But, of course, there were many who accept it as a true story. According to the legend, Awilda’s father arranged her marriage with Alf who was the crown prince. She didn’t want to marry, so she escaped in the sailor’s dress, with her female friends. They reached near a pirate ship, who had lost its captain. The crew elected Awilda as captain. On the other side, Alf was sent by her father, the king of Denmark, to combat with the irksome pirates. Prince and his men became able to get the upper hand over the pirate crew. Awilda impressed with the courage of prince and agreed to marry him after revealing her identity. The couple lived happily as the king and the queen of Denmark.
Pier Gerlofs Donia: Pier Gerlofs Donia was a warrior, pirate as well as rebel. He led a Frisian rebellion between 1515 and 1519. Pier had the armed band, which was involved in piracy against Hollanders and Burgundians. He prominently targeted the ships in Zuider Zee.
Klein Henszlein: Klein Henszlein was a German Swashbuckler, who was active from 1560 to 1573. He pirated the shipping from the North Sea until his capture and defeat by a fleet at North Sea.
The names of the above mentioned raiders are not known by a large number of people today. But, still they can also be the source of inspiration of the clothing trends such as pirate shirts, medieval outfits and more. The names of many other such raiders can be read in history.