The Golden Age of Piracy, sometimes referred to as the Age of Piracy or Age of Pirates, was the name given to the era in which pirates were free to sail the waters, unhindered and free to pillage and plunder at their will. It was the peak of their power, they were able to set up the Brethren Court, and powerful individuals known for their cruelty and daring exploits were given power over the Seven Seas.
According to Elizabeth Swann, the Age of Piracy was marked by a pirate's ability to sail "free waters", possibly indicating this era began with the binding of Calypso by the First Brethren Court, freeing the Seven Seas from her control. Other sources say that it began roughly around 1700, almost exactly where the Renaissance ended.
This age was notable for its many legendary figures, supernatural creatures and ships, and almost impossible battles and adventures, including the Battle of Calypso's maelstrom, the Black Pearl, the Flying Dutchman, cursed crews, undead skeletons, ghostly fleets, the Kraken, Calypso, Davy Jones, Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, James Sterling, Bartholomew Roberts, Mary Read, Jolly Roger and Pirate Lords such as Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa and Sao Feng.
Sir Thomas Faye believed that the Age of Piracy was coming to a close with the ascent of Lord Cutler Beckett and the East India Trading Company. His death presumably ensured the continuation of this era.
Behind the scenes
- "In any case - with Calypso tamed, so the seas were tamed, and so began the Age of Piracy."
- ―Sao Feng
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (junior novelization)
- The Pirates' Guidelines
- The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company
- The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook
Notes and references
- The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook, p15.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Secret Files of the East India Trading Company
- The victory of the pirates of the Brethren Court, and defeat of Lord Cutler Beckett's Armada, ensured that the Age of Piracy would continue.