August is Swashbuckler Month!

Hello everyone, I have exciting news!

The whole month of August I am dubbing Swashbuckler month here at Ginger Peachy.

This means the majority of my posts will revolve around the adventure of the old swashbuckler themes. Here’s my plan: I will post at least four movie reviews throughout the month on my favorite films, and posts in between will be about period costume and facts, and I hope to be able to squeeze in some craft related posts as well.

Here is a tentative list of post ideas:

Movie reviews

The Spanish Main (1945)
The Black Swan (1942)
Against All Flags (1952)
The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Other posts

The Real Captain Kidd
Maureen O’Hara’s Best Costumes
How to Make a Spanish Headdress
Pirate Wardrobe – Fancy v. Authentic

As I said, this is a tentative list. If you are especially interested in one of these let me know and I will try to make sure it makes it on the published list.

Are you a fan of swashbuckler stories? In my opinion, there are just not enough of them. I guess you can say I was born and raised on them because if I had the chance I would have been an honest-to-goodness buccaneer by grade school.

Why I Love a Good Swashbuckler

As little children, my siblings and I spent many a “housecleaning” day watching old adventures while Mother worked. We could hardly read the titles but somehow we knew where our favorites were. It was a sad day when we grew up and had to work instead of watch adventures. Today we’ve seen the best ones more than we can count, and can quote them quite accurately, but we still watch them again and again. They are our oldie-goldies.

Throughout my life I have read as many buccaneer/pirate/sailor stories as I could get my hands on. And when I ran out of fiction I discovered biographies and read about the true facts of the sea. Much more brutal, albeit, but interesting nonetheless.

However, when I say “swashbuckler” I refer to a little more than what the word implies.

What a Swashbuckler Is

Wikipedia defines “swashbuckler” as “a heroic archetype in European adventure literature that is typified by the use of a sword and chivalric ideals.” Swordfighting and chivalry.

What I mean by it is that and a little bit more. Simply put, pirate stories. When you say “I want to watch a swashbuckler” around here it means you want to watch a sea adventure with pirates and tall sailing ships. Maybe it would be more logical if we said a buccaneer movie instead, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, I considered calling this buccaneer month but swashbuckler felt better, go figure.

The next post will be a movie review of the absolute best pirate adventure, The Spanish Main. So look lively, lads and lasses!

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