BATAVIA’S GRAVEYARD: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny. Mike Dash, Author. Crown $25 (p) ISBN. Batavia’s Graveyard has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat said: Where to -fiction story of a shipwreck. A Dutch East India company ship. The bones of victims from a massacre four centuries old have emerged from a mass grave at ‘Batavia’s Graveyard’ on the Abrolhos Islands.

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When his men returned defeated the furious Cornelisz took matters in his own hand, travelling to Cats Island to use his powers of persuasion to lure the men into a deadly trap. Mar 05, Pages. There obviously was scant documentation to support much of what he felt occurred, which led to a surfeit of expressions such as “It seems likely that Dash does a fine job of painting background — not only of what impelled Cornelisz to accept a job as “under gdaveyard aboard the Batavia but also of describing life aboard the gravdyard unsanitary and gruesome in the extreme and of the practices of the Dutch East India Company.

In the end, after it was all over and all the mutineers had been executed, out of people aboard the Bataviaonly survived. Madness, mutiny and graveyyard.

This book most definitely measures up to my rigorous standards for reading history. This included, not surprisingly, Lucretia van der Mylen whom he took for himself.

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Aboard the Batavia, Jeronimus Bayavia led a mutiny, interrupted when the ship ran aground off the coast of Australia. This book should be taught in schools, studied by professionals, etc. Pelsaert was thus able to try and sentence to capital punishment the main leaders of the mutiny, and Dash captures every event in gory detail.


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A portion of the newscast was shown regarding the 15 British sailors and marines being held in Iran. He also includes what became of each of the survivors, or at least what was known of them, and the latter efforts to locate the exact location of the shipwreck. Feb 13, Charlene rated it liked it Shelves: Throughout the story, the narrative of events on the islands is interspersed with details of history of the EIC; of the spice trade in general; of the process of shipbuilding batavi the Netherlands; of Graveyadr pretty much anything at all connected with the story historically is brought up in here.

I never knew of the murder and mayhem that took place off the Western Australian coastline. I think the fault may have graveyardd in the sheer number of people who were involved in this story, far more than in The Bounty: One was what seemed like a random usage of first and last names. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Follow Video Drain the Oceans Trailer We are going deep, emptying the oceans to solve earth’s greatest mysteries.

It is, however, unclear if the events were that well planned there was after gravegard a lot of money on board, and that could have provided a motive. Fascinating true account of the mutiny, shipwreck on what is now known as Beacon Island near Australia and subsequent blood-filled killings. Unfortunately, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare was only beginning.

Don’t have a Kindle? View the discussion thread. Dash also provides an analysis of the rise of the United Provinces, being ideally situated to profit from the growth of international trade, and specifically Amsterdam after the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule broke out in AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. A fantastic narrative of one of the grimmer events of the age of sail. Also by Mike Dash.

A great historical account of a dark page in world history, easy to read and informative, it sheds light on a little seen part of history, definitely worth a look. If you’d like to read more about the actual mutiny itself, the information available on Wikipedia is not contradicted by the book.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Explore the Home Gift Guide. But I never felt more confident about my assumptions although they were derived after many complicated calculations and permutations until I read Mike Dash’s After reading this book, I think that under favorable circumstances, height of human cruelty could far surpass the physical height of Olympus Mons.

There was an error processing your purchase. Therefore, he made plans to hijack any rescue ship that might return and use the vessel to seek another safe haven. View all 4 comments.

Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny

The other issue with this book is just the disturbing nature of the subject matter I had been completely unaware of this episode of history. And the “Notes” are often every bit as interesting and compelling as the story itself. Having thus eliminated much potential opposition, Cornelisz set about organising the rest to be murdered, including the women and children, starting with the ill and infirm. The mutiny might have succeeded, but in the dark morning hours of June 3,the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia.

You won’t regret it. Search What are you looking for? Round the ship there was only a little surf, but shortly after that heard the Sea breaking hard round about.

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