Despite the undeniable criminality of the pirates, their wanderlust,
independence and rebelliousness have combined to create a fabled period,
encapsulated in the past through literature – both fact and fiction –
and film. Their look has been emulated by popular performers, defining
the style of Adam Ant in the 1970s and the Rolling Stones’ Keith
Richards long before he portrayed a pirate on-screen. And while piracy
remains a real concern in the 21st century, there is no doubt that the
buccaneer will forever fascinate lovers of adventure.