the true story of the mad heretic who led history's bloodiest mutiny
In the autumn of 1628, the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia set sail on her maiden voyage to Java, loaded with a king's ransom in gold, silver and gems. But, in the early hours of 4 June, the ship ran aground in an unexplored chain of islands off the coast of Australia. More than 200 survivors were left stranded, at the mercy of a ruthless band of mutineers headed by a brilliant but deranged individual. By the time time rescue ships arrived three months later, less than 80 people were still alive ...
446 pp - Paperback - Published 2002
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