Vile Eight

Pirate Series - Blackbeard

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Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, stands among the most notorious pirates of the Golden Age. His name alone struck fear into the hearts of sailors across the Atlantic. Beginning his pirate career in the Bahamas, he quickly built a reputation for both shrewdness and brutality, culminating in the daring blockade of Charleston, South Carolina in 1718.

Blackbeard's image was as iconic as his tactics. He cultivated a fearsome persona, sporting a vast, untamed beard and weaving lit fuses into it during battle to create an aura of demonic fury. His flag, often attributed to him, reinforced this terrifying image: a white horned skeleton on a black background, spearing a bleeding heart and toasting the devil.

Though his career as a pirate was short-lived, Blackbeard's impact looms large. After a fierce battle in 1718, a detachment of the Royal Navy finally caught and killed him, severing his head and displaying it as a warning to other pirates. Despite his death, Blackbeard’s legend grew, making him a lasting symbol of pirate power and the subject of countless tales and myths to this day.

This wall art is made on aged solid wood and measures 30cm x 20cm.