Mary Read (1680/1690-1721) was an English pirate. She is remembered as one of only two women (her comrade, Anne Bonny, was the other) known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. Read's mother disguised illegitimately-born Mary as a boy after the death of Mary's older, legitimate brother to continue to receive financial support from his paternal grandmother. Dressed as a boy, Read then found work as a footboy, and later found employment on a ship. In male disguise, she joined the British military, proved herself through battle, but she fell in love with a Flemish soldier. When they married, she dressed as a woman for the first time in her life. Upon her husband's early...
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