Our Flag Means Death – who was the real ‘gentleman pirate’?

Who was the real Stede Bonnet and just how accurate is the HBO series starring Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby?

Terry Goldsworthy, Bond University and Gaelle Brotto

HBO’s new show Our Flag Means Death has brought the Golden Age of Piracy to life on TV, chronicling the life of the bumbling gentleman pirate, Stede Bonnet.

Season one mostly focuses on the fictional Stede’s momentous and oddly romantic meeting with the infamous Blackbeard, told through absurd comedy that softens and makes light of the brutality of real piracy.

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