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London and the pirates


Mr Richard Temple in 'The Pirate of Penzance'
View full size imageMr Richard Temple in The Pirate of Penzance. © NMM

Gilbert and Sullivan's light opera The Pirates of Penzance, and the swashbuckling films of Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks senior, give the impression that most pirates were romantic and carefree adventurers led by aristocrats who had fallen on hard times. </P