Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam is an acclaimed historian, one of the world's leading authorities on piracy, past and present and is the author of over sixty books.

He was born in Aberdeen in 1960, but was brought up in the beautiful but remote Orkney Islands, off the north of Scotland.At 18 he joined the Royal Navy on a university scholarship. This gave him an excellent grounding in service life and customs, in seamanship and navigation and in all those little things which a maritime history author needs to know about. It even gave him the chance to sail the waters of the Caribbean - an area he'd write about later. He then studied for a Master's Degree at the University of St. Andrews. In the process he explored the new field of maritime archaeology and wrote his thesis on early naval artillery.

Two decades later this formed the basis for Sovereigns of the Sea, his acclaimed history of Renaissance warships. It also led to a job. In 1985 he was a supervisor on an excavation in the River Thames near the Tower of London, paid for by the Royal Armouries. He ended up staying with the museum for another ten years, becoming a Senior Curator of Weapons. Angus began publishing articles about arms and armour, and this led to his first book.

In 1995 he moved to Key West, Florida to become the Chief Curator in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Mel Fisher was a treasure hunter who found the wreck of the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha off the Florida Keys. His' job was to help turn the place into a bona-fide maritime museum. One way he achieved this was to create travelling exhibits which toured the United States. These included a pirate exhibition, and it was during the research for this that his interest in the subject really took off. He discovered just how little real information was known about pirates, so he decided to find out for himself. So began a quest that turned Angus into one of the world's leading authorities on pirates and piracy!

Konstam returned to Britain in early 2001 and now lives in Edinburgh, where he writes full-time.

AOS Naval Non Fiction

Series: New Vanguard (series continues with Modern Era books below)
Year  Book  Comment
  Tudor Warships (1): Henry VIII's Navy The history of the Tudor Navy from its origins as a merchant fleet under Henry VII through to its emergence as a powerful force under Henry VIII
  Tudor Warships (2) : Elizabeth I's Navy The extraordinary transformation of the Tudor fleet during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I
  Union Monitor 1861-65 The design, development and operational history of the Union's Monitor fleet
  Confederate Raider 1861-65 What forced the Confederates to resort to commerce raiding
  American Privateers of the Revolutionary War Congress issued almost 800 letters of marque
  Spanish Galleon 1530–1690 Construction, ordnance, crewing and role of the galleon
  Warships of the Anglo-Dutch Wars 1652-74 This was a revolutionary era in several key areas - warship design, armament and in naval tactics
Series: Duel
Year  Book  Comment
  Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD Compares the Byzantine dromōn and the Arabic shalandī
Series: n/a
Year  Book  Comment
  Sovereigns of the Sea The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship
  Horatio Nelson This book reveals the real Nelson
  Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD Compares the Byzantine dromōn and the Arabic shalandī
  Mutiny on the Spanish Main HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy’s revenge

AOS Other Non Fiction

Series: Elite
Year  Book  Comment
  Elizabethan Sea Dogs 1560-1605 For about 40 years they fought a private war with the Spanish
  Buccaneers 1620-1690 For over 50 years buccaneers launched attacks on Spanish towns, ports and shipping
  Privateers and Pirates 1730-1830 The golden age of "state-sponsored piracy"
  The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries Uncovers the heyday of the legendary 'Barbary corsairs'
Series: New Vanguard (series continues with Modern Era books below)
Year  Book  Comment
  The Pirate Ship 1660-1730 A detailed exploration of the wide variety of pirate vessels
Series: n/a
Year  Book  Comment
  Piracy: The Complete History From the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to the modern pirate, preying on super tankers.
  Blackbeard America's Most Notorious Pirate
  The History of Pirates From the seas of antiquity to the New World and beyond
  The Great Expedition Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main 1585-86
  Pirate: The Golden Age The life of a pirate in the early 18th century
  Ghost Ships Tales of Abandoned, Doomed and Haunted Vessels
  Blackbeard's Last Fight Pirate Hunting in North Carolina 1718
  Pirates: Predators of the Seas The truth behind our myths
  The Pirate World A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers
  The Pirate Menace Uncovering the Golden Age of Piracy

Modern Era Naval Non Fiction

Series: New Vanguard
Year  Book  Comment
  British Battleships 1890–1905 Victoria's steel battlefleet and the road to Dreadnought
WWI British Battleships 1914-18 (1) The Early Dreadnoughts
WWI British Battleships 1914-18 (2) The Super Dreadnoughts
WWII British Battleships 1939-45 (1) Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes
WWII British Battleships 1939-45 (2) Nelson and King George V classes
WWII British Heavy Cruisers 1939-45 The Royal Navy's thirteen heavy cruisers saw service in every theatre of the war
WWII Commonwealth Cruisers 1939-45 Designed to protect territorial waters these warships found themselves involved in a global war
WWII British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45 The story of the small, but resilient, carriers and the crucial role they played
  British Aircraft Carriers 1945–2010 The ships that led the fleet through the Cold War and Falklands War,
WWII British Escort Carriers 1941–45 The Royal Navy converted merchant ships into small 'escort carriers'
WWII British Destroyers 1939–45 Pre-war classes
WWII British Destroyers 1939–45 Wartime-built classes
WWI Gunboats of World War I A detailed technical guide to the gunboats of all the major navies
WWII British Frigates and Escort Destroyers 1939–45 The small, mass-produced warships that defended the Atlantic convoys
  British Gunboats of Victoria's Empire Warships that for 50 years demonstrated the power of the Royal Navy worldwide
  Nile River Gunboats 1882-1918 A detailed analysis of the Nile river gunboats' entire career
  European Ironclads 1860–75 The Gloire sparks the great ironclad arms race
  Warships in the Baltic Campaign 1918–20 The Royal Navy takes on the Bolsheviks
  Warships in the Spanish Civil War How the Spanish Navy fought a civil war at sea
Series: Campaign
Year  Book  Comment
WWII Taranto 1940 The Fleet Air Arm's Precursor to Pearl Harbor
WWII River Plate 1939 The sinking of the Graf Spee
WWII North Cape 1943 The Sinking of the Scharnhorst
WWII Barents Sea 1942 The Battle for Russia’s Arctic Lifeline
WWII Naval Battle of Crete 1941 The Royal Navy at Breaking Point
WWII Operation Pedestal 1942 The Battle for Malta’s Lifeline
Series: Raid
Year  Book  Comment
WWII U-47 in Scapa Flow: The Sinking of HMS Royal Oak 1939 One of the most daring naval raids of World War II
WWII Tirpitz in Norway X-craft midget submarines raid the fjords, Operation Source 1943
WWII Big Guns in the Atlantic Germany’s battleships and cruisers raid the convoys, 1939–41
Series: Duel
Year  Book  Comment
WWII British Battleship vs German Battleship: 1941–43 Compares and contrasts the design and development of these opposing capital ships
Series: n/a
Year  Book  Comment
WWI Jutland 1916 Twelve Hours That Decided The Great War
WWII The Battle of the North Cape The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943
WWII The British Sailor of the Second World War How the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate sailors
WWII Hunt the Bismarck The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship
WWII Sinking Force Z 1941 The day the Imperial Japanese Navy killed the battleship
WWI German High Seas Fleet 1914–18 The Kaiser’s challenge to the Royal Navy
WWII The Convoy HG-76  Taking the Fight to Hitler's U-boats

Modern Era Other Non Fiction

Series: New Vanguard
Year  Book  Comment
  Confederate Blockade Runner 1861–65 The lifeblood of the Confederacy began life as regular fast steam-powered merchant ships.

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