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In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and 52 of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors, fanatical Islamic slave traders, had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco to be sold to the highest bidder.

White Gold is an extraordinary and shocking story. Drawn from unpublished letters and manuscripts written by slaves, and by the padres and ambassadors sent to free them, it reveals a disturbing and forgotten chapter of history, told with all the pace and verve of one of our finest historians.

©2004 Giles Milton (P)2005 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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Insightful and extremely interesting

Fantastic overview of the Barbary slave trade as a whole, while focusing on the highly interesting story of one particular slave. Perfect balance between storytelling and presenting the historical context of an area of history most are completely unaware of.

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Fascinating story

This is a very interesting factual account about a subject I knew nothing of. It is well narrated and holds attention easily.

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Excellent

Great first hand accounts and expertly preformed. I fnished this fair story in one go. Would highly recommend.

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History of white slavery from 1st hand experience.

Gritty, no holds barred description of how, for hundreds of years, european men women and children were captured by barbary pirates from North Africa and sold into slavery. Excellent history, brilliant narrative and very well read.

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Fantastic account of such a huge part of history!

Really impressed by this story that very few people must be aware of at all.