Ching Shih – From Prostitute to Pirate

Part 2 Zheng Yi and Madame Shih ruled through a “Confederation” which meant that there was not one pirate captain that dominated the other pirates but one could “lead” them on the condition that other pirates agreed and collectively they were so fearsome that they were known as “The wasps of the Sea” For their […]

Ching Shih – From Prostitute to Pirate

Part 1 Female pirates were raiding and pillaging in huge numbers on the seven seas predominantly from the thirteen hundreds with memorable women such as Anne Bonny, Jeanne de Clisson and Jacquotte Delahaye leading the way but there was one woman who reigned above them all Madame Shih, as she was originally known*, was born […]

Memento Mori – Remember your Mortality

Part 1 While most of us shy away from contemplating our inevitable death in fear of alerting the scythe-carrying, all-dressed-in-trendy-black foot soldier, many ancient and medieval communities embraced and reflected deeply upon death. Not because they were macabre or Emo-like, but because they were realists and profoundly religious and therefore very much able and willing […]