Here’s a selected bibliography—a small smackerel, as Winnie-the-Pooh would say—of sources I used for Cast Off. Some of the books, articles, and websites I used or liked the most. My full Cast Off research file has more than 400 entries.

Ashenburg, Katherin, The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, North Point Press, 2007

Beck, Horace, Folklore and the Sea, Wesleyan University Press, 1973

Brandt, Anthony, The Tragic History of the Sea: Shipwrecks from the Bible to Titanic, National Geographic Society, 2006

Jaap R. Bruijn, “The Dutch East India Company as Shipowner, 1602-1796,” The American Neptune: A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History, Volume XLVII, No. 4, Fall 1987

Jaap R. Bruijn and Els van Eyck van Helslinga, “Mutiny: Rebellion on the Ships of the Dutch East India Company,” The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Associated of Maritime History, Vol. 4, Number 1. April 1982

Bryson, Bill, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, 2010

Cordingly, David, Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, 1996

Druett, Joan, Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail, 2000

Duby, Georges; Perrot, Michelle; Davis, Natalie Zemon; Farge, Arlette; Goldhammer, Arthur, A History of Women: Renaissance and Enlightenment Paradoxes, 1995

Exquemelin, Alexander O., The Buccaneers of America, 1678

Gentleman, B. E., A New Dictionary of the Terms Ancient and Modern of the Canting Crew, 1699

Erik Goebel, “Danes in the Service of the Dutch East India Company in the Seventeenth Century,” International Journal of Maritime History, Vol XVI, No. 1, June 2004

King, Dean; Hattendorf, John, A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O’Brian’s Seafaring Tales, 1997

Kleijn, K., The Canals of Amsterdam: 400 Years of Building, Living and Working, 2013

Miller, Russell, The East Indiamen, Time-Life Books, 1980

Rose, Peter, The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World, 1989

Rybczynski, Witold, Home, 1987

Schama, Simon, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, Random House, 1987

Sleigh, Dan, Jan Compagnie: The World of the Dutch East India Company, 1980

Smith, John, A Sea Grammar, Vols I & II, 1580-1631

Taylor, Jean Gelman, The Social World of Batavia: European and Eurasian in Dutch Asia, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1983

Wear, Andrew, Knowledge & Practice in English Medicine: 1550-1680

Woodall, John, Surgeon’s Mate, 1639

Zumthor, Paul, Daily Life in Rembrandt’s Holland, 1994

Cannons and Gunpowder

Common Women’s Clothing in the Early to Mid-17th century | Reconstructing History

Dutch Costumes of the 17th Century

Dutch East India Company, Trade Network, 18th Century

The Dutch East India Company’s Shipping between the Netherlands and Asia 1595-1795

Layout of a C17th East Indiaman


Names of Ships in the VOC between 1595 and 1650 by Sara L. Uckelman

Privateer & Pirate Clothing – Hats

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